Essay on The Life Of A Slave Girl By Harriet Jacobs

895 Words Mar 26th, 2016 4 Pages
Sarah Way Sherman begins her article, “Moral Experience in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl,” with a quote by Harriet Jacobs about the idea that slavery was worse for woman compared to men. Sherman compares Jacobs’s novel to Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Written by Himself, making the point that Jacobs’s novel may be seen as weaker by others, because it focuses on the sexual exploitation of enslaved woman, but proves that Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a strong representation of what really happened and a novel that can make a difference. The analysis mentions the idea of women being beaten and used for sexual purposes throughout the entire writing. She starts with how Linda Brent, the main character, becomes a slave and then summarizes the rest Jacobs’s novel with inclusions of her opinion about the main events in Linda Brent’s life. Sherman makes Martha, Linda’s grandmother, a model for others by her wise Christian decisions and her influence on others.
Sherman also makes the argument that women were held to a higher standard in the way they act than men. The main topic behind the article talks about the way the women had to be submissive to their owners in multiple ways, by following orders and being sexually compliant. Linda struggled with being submissive because she felt that it was wrong to take part in sexual activities with her master. The article continues to summarize the novel, talking about…

Related Documents