The Life Of A Slave Girl By Harriet Jacob Essay

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Harriet Jacob’s Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl portrays her struggles as being a slave to a vile, abusive master, and the horrors she endured from it. Jacob’s courage and faith aided in her escape, and ultimately led her to liberty and freedom after being in hiding for seven years. Jacob’s describes that slavery “is terrible for men; but it is far more terrible” (Jacobs 66). This is because of certain challenges they faced. Enslaved women were overworked because they ran the house. These women were looked upon as being inferior to the male slaves, and treated as such. They were made mothers by their masters, and offered no protection for the fate of their children.
Not only were enslaved women maids of the house, they also took care of the master and mistress 's children. Jacobs writes about a slave woman who was ordered to sleep on the floor outside the master 's bedroom to tend to the mistresses newborn baby all night. “In a fortnight she was required to resume her place on the entry floor, because Mrs. Flint’s babe needed her attentions. Finally, toiling all day, and being deprived of rest at night, completely broke down her constitution” (Jacobs 119). Enslaved women were burdened with all these responsibilities and were exhausted by the end of the day. It is plausible to say that they worked harder than the male slaves. Even though they did all this work, they were still looked down upon.
From a young age, enslaved women are seen as being inferior to even the…

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