The Life Of A Slave Girl By Harriet Jacobs Essay examples

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Harriet Jacobs’ recounting of her life through Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl has not only exposed the great pains she suffered through during her time in slavery but has exposed deep rooted ideologies of black women in American society. Although the actions perpetuating these ideologies have since been abolished, the ideals themselves have been retained through multiple generations of teaching. Jacobs’ story has successfully exposed where the ideologies may have come from through her explanations of sexual corruption, mental manipulations, and power dynamics. Jacob’s made it clear that these struggles were not unique to her but were dealt with by all black women during slavery and in the ‘free world’. These struggles have been most notably re exposed through the Women’s Liberation movement which actively excluded black women. It is clear that although black women do not have to deal with the harsh tribulations of slavery, they still must deal with a society that was built on it and holds on to many of its archaic beliefs. One of the most prominent recurring aspects of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is the sexual corruption of young black girls. Jacobs’ narrative was the first to so openly talk about an issue that was often excluded in other slave accounts. This issue of sexual corruption was so
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prominent in slave society that Jacobs’ notes, “ The slave girl is reared in an atmosphere of licentiousness and fear. When she is fourteen or…

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