The Life Of A Slave Girl By Harriet Ann Jacobs Essay

1587 Words Dec 13th, 2016 7 Pages
The first works that laid the foundation of Afro-American literature, were the narrations of slaves. This is an autobiographical stories written by the fugitive or freed slaves. Most often, the authors of these narrations were men, but there are a small number of works of this genre, written by women. One of this works is "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" by Harriet Ann Jacobs. The main idea that runs through all the work of the author, is the idea of the incommensurable sufferings of men and women in slavery. By her opinion, the woman is a slave not only subjected to overwork, starvation, flogging, but also becomes a victim of even more severe torture, was reserved slaveholders for her "Slavery is terrible for men; but it is far more terrible for women. Superadded to the burden common to all, they have wrongs, and sufferings, and mortifications peculiarly their own" (Jacobs, H, 2005). Under these sufferings, she means forced sexual slavery that slaves were forced to endure. Even if women are opposed to this, the owners forced them to accept this life "The slave girl is reared in an atmosphere of licentiousness and fear. The lash and the foul talk of her master and his sons are her teachers. When she is fourteen or fifteen, her owner, or his sons, or the overseer, or perhaps all of them, begin to bribe her with presents. If these fail to accomplish their purpose, she is whipped or starved into submission to their will. She may have had religious principles…

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