Essay on The Life Of A Slave Girl By Harriet Jacobs

1018 Words Sep 28th, 2015 5 Pages
Throughout each of the narratives we’ve read, all of them help to put in perspective the condition of slavery, but Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs, was able to delve deeper into that condition by giving a portrayal of life of someone who was not only a slave, but a black woman living under slavery. Her story had many turning points, upward struggles, downward spirals, and eventual triumphs, but her greatest triumph was over her master. Her first act of true defiance against the lecherous advances of her master, Dr. Flint was deciding to sacrifice the innocence he so desired and bear her first child. Through this choice, Jacobs is able to create an even deeper narrative that covers a broader scope for her intended audience. We can see the struggles Jacobs went through under the ownership of the Flints as early as the second chapter where she describes the conditions she lived under. Talking of the meager provisions of food and clothing she and the other slaves had received. For the first few chapters, readers get insight into the general slave experience, then come the fifth chapter, Trials of Girlhood, comes, we see the struggles of Jacobs and many other black women under the influence of slavery. “He told me I was property; that I must be subject to his will in all things. My soul revolted against the mean tyranny. But where could I turn for protection? No matter whether the slave girl be black as ebony or as fair as her mistress. In either case,…

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