Essay on The Life Of A Slave Girl By Harriet Jacobs

706 Words Jul 5th, 2016 3 Pages
In the stories, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, by Fredrick Douglass, they tell about their lives as slaves. Like many other slaves they shared a dream of freedom. It’s this vision of freedom that led them on journeys that will be talked about for years to come. Both endured many hardships in their attempt to obtain their freedom. Through their journeys we learn about their lives as slaves, gender influence in slavery, and how they escaped the holds of their masters.
Like many other slaves, Douglass and Jacobs had to suffer from the early loss of their mothers. This happened at the age of six or seven, it was during this time they began to realize their status as slaves. "When I was six years old, my mother died; and then, for the first time, I learned, by the talk around me, that I was a slave."(Douglass) During their later childhood years, for example, they shared a common experience, namely a beneficial relationship with a kind mistress who taught them to read and write. At the time this was a privilege, rarely falling to the lot of a slave. While their childhoods were not horrible in respect to what they could have been, adulthood was another story. Douglass had many masters and was treated poorly by most all of them. Jacobs however did not have as many master as Douglass, but was in consent fear of being rapped and taken away from her kids by her master.
Jacob 's narrative focuses on the female…

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