In the end she is thought of as a "new kind of female hero" (497). She has gone through many hardships and she "articulates her struggle to assert her womanhood" (497). Even with her lack of a higher education, she shows intelligence throughout her writing. She had her own way of getting her points across, one being that a person could not possibly fully understand the degradation of slavery if he/she did not go through it themselves. This is a point within itself because it further relays the fact that slavery was a very horrible, evil and degrading thing.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs strongly speaks to its readers by describing the brutalities of slavery and the way slave owners can destroy peaceful lives. After reading and rereading the story have noticed certain things regarding how Jacobs tries to educate her readers and her intended audience which is the women of the North. As if we do not know enough about how terrible slavery is, this story gives detailed examples of the lives of slaves and provokes an incredible amount of emotions. She uses several tactics in her writing to reach her desired audience and does so very well. The way she wrote the story does not seem as though she is emotionally connected.
It is the message Jacobs hopes to burn deep into the intended readers mind. Like most slave narratives, the reader feels a form of guilt and sympathy for the protagonist, but for Harriet Jacobs there is much more to be felt. Freedom is arguably life’s greatest gifts and it being taken away can sometimes be a fate worse than death. In Harriet Jacob’s narrative, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, she tells a story of the painful truths that plagued slave women in the nineteenth century. It is a story that deserves to be read long after this period of time.
Harriet Jacobs and The Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl From 1813 to 1879, lived a woman of great dignity, strong will, and one desire. A woman who was considered nothing more than just a slave girl would give anything for the freedom for herself and her two children. Harriet Jacobs, who used the pen name Linda Brent, compiled her life into a little book called Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Mrs. Jacobs' story, once read, will leave nothing but pity and heart ache for her readers as they discover the life she had to endure. She however boldly states, "[I] earnestly desire to arouse the women of the North to a realizing sense of the condition of two millions of women at the South still in bondage, suffering what I suffered, and most of them far worse.
Throughout the book, Jacobs’s uses common literature of the time as an example to help her audience understand and connect with the stories being told. Unlike the common stories, Jacobs’s states here that her story did not end like a happily ever after fairytale. She was still unmarried, did not have a house, and was poor. Her story may seem to have ended abruptly and without a “good ending”, but as previously shown through the book, her point that the lives of slaves cannot be illustrated based on natural or normal guidelines is shown here.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd is an amazing book that follows the lives of some very amazing women. Kidd shows what it meant to be a slave and what it meant to be a woman. This book mostly deals with slavery and how it affects people who are slaves, how they suffered but also how it affected people who were against slavery and trying to change the world. Kidd also covers sexism and what it means to be a woman with ambition, drive and wanting to be a woman who abolishes slavery. This book mainly follows the life of Sarah Grimke, a girl with drive, ambitions, and ideas; but who is also the daughter of a slave owning judge who lives in Charleston.
Though she walks with her nose in the air, she is a mother who ironically lets ghosts of her past haunt her present. Isolating herself from her past, Sethe’s “goals are to escape memories of the past and protect the one child she has left” (Napierkowski 32). As a slave Sethe faces many hardships at Sweet Home, a place where she is not ... ... middle of paper ... ...ons guilt, hate, and passion which lead to the repair of relationships that were once shattered and irreparable. Works Cited Bell, Bernard W. “African American Review.” Rpt. in Modern Critical Interpretations: Toni Morrison.
The juxtaposition of Sethe and baby Suggs’s mothering indicate the conflict slave women had in loving their children. Sethe’s fierce love for her children defies the rules of slavery. The children of slave women belong to their owners; however Sethe clings on to t... ... middle of paper ... ...or her child and this shows the deepest kind love. In some ways we can say that this is Sethe ending the conflict between slavery and motherhood. “ she gathered the parts of her that were precious and fine and beautiful” for Sethe to allow her children to be taken back to a life of slavery would be taking away everything that she gave “life” to and to destroy all that’s good in her world.
Linda gains her peace by escaping to the north. Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is one of the few narratives depicting the degradation’s endured by female slaves at the hand of brutal masters. Jacobs’ narrative is sending a message to women to come together and end the unfair treatment all women are subjected to. By bringing images of slavery and the message of unity of women to the forefront, Jacobs is attempting to end the tyranny over women perpetrated by men and the tyranny over blacks perpetrated by whites. Integrity and agency are ideals that Americans have fought for over the years.
In Harriett Jacobs’s book, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, she informs her readers of her life as a slave girl growing up in southern America. By doing this she hides her identity and is referred to as Linda Brent which she had a motive for her secrecy? In the beginning of her life she is sheltered as a child by her loving mistress where she lived a free blissful life. However after her mistress dies she is not freed from the bondage of slaver but given to her mistress sister and this is where Jacobs’s happiness dissolved. In her story, she reveals that slavery is terrible for men but, is more so dreadful for women.