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    In the narrative Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet Jacobs gives first person account of a female slave struggle with sexual oppression. Harriet Jacobs used the pseudonym when narrating because she wanted to protect her family. Harriet Jacobs use of a distinctive double-consciousness to make aware of the multiple identities one as an African American female slave has to develop a sense of self. It is my argument here Jacobs makes use of double-consciousness by using a pseudonym to show there was more to slavery and puts the divisions between gender on a stage. Harriet Jacob’s autobiography is a popular female eighteenth-century slave narrative. Jacob was born a slave in Edenton, North Carolina in 1813. Harriet didn’t become aware…

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    all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” F. Scott Fitzgerald through the women characters In The Great Gatsby conveys how the American Dream in the 1920s has been corrupted and taken over by materialism. However in The Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) through the pseudo name of Linda Brent, Harriet Jacobs demonstrates how a woman who does not have anything to…

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    to experience, while some envied her due to Jacob’s master’s admiration of her. Within the slave narrative, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacob’s idea of freedom meant she had full and total authority within her own life, indicating she had the right to choose what was best for herself as well as her family, specifically her children. Incidents that…

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    constantly being beat, whipped, starved, and all around tortured. They were also traded like they were toys and won like they were prizes. Slaves were only given the bare necessities to survive. Most were given enough cloth to make one outfit, two if they were good at making clothes, and nine-thousand calories of food a day. When working in a field all day long, nine-thousand calories is the minimum that you should have. Slaves were not the healthiest people. In Incidents in the Life of a Slave…

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    Incident in the Life of a Slave Girl is a narrative autobiography by an enslaved black American woman who describes her experience during the slavery days and her escape from being enslave on the South to freedom in the North. Harriet Jacobs’s story is painful and she felt the need to make her story to exposed the behind the scene of slavery and tell what really goes on. She wanted to make it public, because she believed that it may help the antislavery movement. The slave narrative is closely…

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    abolitionist speaker and writer. She was the first woman to author a slave narrative in the United States of America (Jacobs, 221). When writing her slave narrative Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, her intended audience was white women. She wanted white women from the North to understand what African- American female slaves were going through. Harriet Jacobs’s successful struggle freedom, not only for herself but for her two children, represented no less profoundly a black woman’s…

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    Jacobs encountered many challenges and hardships throughout her life; however, she was able to overcome them and eventually free herself from bondage. Life as a slave was extremely difficult; it was even more difficult when one was both a slave and a woman.Rather than discouraging her, the difficulties of her life influenced her to assist other slaves in their escape from slavery. In her autobiography Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl,Harriet Ann Jacobs shows that her life was considerably…

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    Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs time period is set from 1813, when Harriet was born, to 1842, when Harriet (known as Linda in the book) finally becomes a free slave. For the most part, the actions that take place in the book occur in North Carolina, which at the time was a slave state. Harriet’s story accounts for the difficulties and struggles in the life of a female slave. During this time, no laws protected the rights of African Americans in the United States, and…

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    In the book Incidents in a Life of a Slave Girl the main character Linda talks about her life from the very young age of 6 till she is a grown woman. The book gives us a clear view of what it would be like to be a young girl growing up as a slave. One of the biggest things I was able to better understand from the book was truly how cruel slaves were treated numerous times the author Harriet Jacobs used details that would make your blood boil about how cruel and unfair life truly was for her.…

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    According to dictionary.com Slavery is defined as the state or condition of being a slave; a civil relationship whereby one person has absolute power over another and controls their life, liberty, and fortune. The book In Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs wrote autobiographies about her families ' and her struggles she dealt with as a maturing "mullatto" child in the South. During Harriet Jacobs’ life, she speaks about many difficult times to keep her family, religion, and…

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