Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl By Harriet Jacobs: Critical Analysis

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Freedom, for a slave, was a prize only a few could achieve. For the price of wanting and attempting to achieve freedom, if failed, ended in death. Slavery was never great but it was especially tough on young girls. Freedom or death was the only way most slaves saw themselves getting out of the horrible conditions they had no control over. Harriet Jacobs, a young slave girl, took it upon herself to remove herself and her kids from this lifestyle in extraordinary measures. Although it took time to see results, Harriet Jacobs proved to be a strong woman who did anything in her power to guarantee that her kids live a better life. Harriet Jacobs exhibited a number elements of active resistance in, Incidents in the life of a Slave Girl. Harriet…show more content…
Flint’s jealous behavior. Suspiciously, Mrs. Flint insisted to young Mrs. Flint, “Don 't neglect to send for them [Jacob’s children] as quick as possible" (143). This moment depicts Jacobs strength because Mrs. Flint was attempting to get under Jacobs skin knowing that the only people she would die for were her kids; for she truly loved her kids. Furthermore, Jacobs did not want any harm to come to her children. Jacobs could have acted out of character and made the situation worse but she endured the lashes made by the jealous wife and had self-control. Self-control was exhibited throughout Jacobs experiences with Mrs. Flint which came from her resistance…show more content…
Surely, Jacobs affirmed, “I had my secret hopes[,] but I must fight my battle alone. I had a woman 's pride, and a mother 's love for my children; and I resolved that out of the darkness of this hour a brighter dawn should rise for them” (130). Jacobs knew her life was no longer meaningless when she gave birth to her children. Additionally, Jacobs would do anything to protect her children from her master, slavery, and life. That portrayed the resistance within to protect the ones she loved. Jacobs tried not to draw anyone else into her problems because she knew that she must handle them alone so she wouldn’t be an anchor to anyone but herself. This resembles resistance because Harriet Jacobs protected the ones she loved till the
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