Essay on The Life Of A Slave Girl By Harriet Jacobs

780 Words Sep 25th, 2016 4 Pages
“Slavery is a curse to the whites as well as to the blacks. It makes the white fathers cruel and sensual; the sons violent and licentious; it contaminates the daughters, and makes the wives wretched” (2001) this incisive perspective from Harriet Jacobs provides a general yet able illustration of the personal impact of her book Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. While true the book was written to arouse sympathies in the readers of the time for the sake of illuminating the hardships of slavery, her approach teeters between emotional pleas for abolition and biting, criticisms of the institution of slavery—not sparing Northern complicities. Truly compelling and still heart wrenching to read today. By exploring the lives of those in the story, their struggle for right and the modern implications of such tales, this essay hopes to highlight just how interesting and necessary a film adaption would be. Ms. Jacobs account is full interesting characters presented in a very real and honest manner. Perhaps the best example would be Ms. Jacobs own pseudonym: Linda. No pushover, she 's courageous, self-assured, smart, determined, self-assured, and, if all the friends willing to offer aid under such harsh conditions is any indication, probably a pretty nice person. It is, however, her willingness to broach her own faults and her struggle to reconcile with them that make her so compelling. For example, this passage: “I like a straightforward course, and am always reluctant to…

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