The Life Of A Slave Girl By Harriet Jacobs Essay examples

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In Harriet Jacobs’s novel, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, is one of the many slave narratives about how slave women survived slavery. In this novel, Jacobs will outline her personal life events to persuade northern women to fight against slavery. Readers will experience her realization of being a slave, unbeknownst to her due to the sacrifices of the women in her family; how she felt about her maternal figures (i.e. mother & grandmother) truly selfless beings and her own self-preservation skills that built her family. We will follow Jacobs’s childhood where she was shielded from slavery until the death of her mother, her self-preservation to cope with her new reality of slavery and her mental and physical self-sacrifice for her children.
Jacobs’s story begins with “I was born a slave” (Jacobs 8). The strong statement shows how Jacobs came to the realization of how she was declared a slave. This realization did not come until the death of her mother. Prior to her mother’s death, Jacobs’s childhood consisted of two generations of women, her mother and grandmother. Her grandmother, a free women, who remained on plantation property because her children and grandchildren were still there. Her mother was a House servant that worked inside the master’s home to ensure the safety of young Jacobs. Jacobs’s father also lived in the home and worked as a mechanic who was very intelligent. Jacobs describes her father as, “My father, by his nature, as well as by the habit of…

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