The characters presented in this novel have both major and minor roles. The characters that were majorly witnessed are Sethe, Paul D, Denver, Baby Suggs and Beloved. Sethe – Sethe is a woman who has been traumatized horrendously with matters concerning slavery and the fact that she is a woman was an advantage of her being raped multiple times. It all started when Sethe lacked the love and care from her very own mother who was also engraved with slavery. Because of such factor, Sethe was given away when she was little and barely had recognition with her mother.
In in circumstances she felt that “Slave woman ought not to be judged by the same standard as others” (Jacobs 234). Slaves endured much more cruelty of being raped, having their babies ripped from there wombs then sold into slavery child after another. They did all they could for themselves and children and tried to live a happy life but what life was a happy one with bitter slave masters and being a female slave of the
She wants a good life for her family, not a life in slavery with the possibility of losing her children. She doesn't only want freedom for her children; she wants a good life. Even when she is free Linda still needs more for her family; she wants a home of her own. Linda saw many families ripped apart by slavery. The pain she witnessed allowed her to persevere for the unity of her family.
1. The most memorable part in the Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is the portion about Linda’s hiding for “nearly seven years” (Jacobs122) in a place that is not even bearable for mosquitoes to enter (101). Reading chapter after chapter about Linda hiding in such an uncomfortable space was enough to make my hatred for slavery even worse than I had ever imagined. For freedom, she lay day after day in a place that she was unable to stand up and easily move around in (96). I thought about how she was so close to her children, but unable to share their young lives (96).
When Linda Brent found out that she gave birth to a baby girl, she envisioned every single misfortune, sorrow, and shame of her own unwillingly inherited to her daughter. Every bit of emotional suffering and physical pain she had felt throughout her lifetime as a slave was about to be passed down to her most prized possession, her daughter; a daughter who would be property. “When they told me that my new-borne was a girl, my heart was heavier than it had ever been before. Slavery is terrib... ... middle of paper ... ... purity and moral believes unlike the slave women who was forced to submit to her master’s will and relinquish their purity regardless of their ethical standards. “But, O, ye happy women whose purity has been sheltered from childhood…do not judge the poor desolate slave girl too severely!
Unlike free women, slave women had no authority over their children. Many parents and children were physically separated after the slave masters sold the children. Even in instances where mothers and children were kept together, slave masters had complete control of the children. As soon as they were of old enough, they were put to work and vulnerable to the same harsh conditions that their mothers faced. Slave women, more than free women, experienced the woes of losing children.
One bad experience Isabella had as a slave for Mr. Dumont had to do with a man she loved, Robert. Robert was caught visiting Isabella on the Dumont's farm and was severely beaten and taken away. She later married Thomas and had five kids with him: Diana, Elizabeth, Hannah, Peter, and Sophia (Adler, 6-7). Because of her background as a slave, she was never educated and therefore illiterate ... ... middle of paper ... ...ite. Web.
Slavery and male dominant society occurred simultaneously; therefore, women were twice discriminated, abused, and mistreated. There are multiple indirect and direct records of the suffering women went trough during this horrible and sad period in history. “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” by Harriet Jacobs happens to be a vivid account of the incidents in the life of Jacobs, a misfortune girl that as a child tragically lost her parents and discovered she was a slave. Referring to the terrible condition of slavery, she wrote: “You never knew what it is to be slave; to be entirely unprotected by law or custom; to have the laws reduce you to the condition of a chattel, entirely subject to the will of another.” (49) Perhaps the most heartbreaking feeling in the life of slave women happened to be the fact that they were separated from their children at the will of their masters. Being unable to raise their children was hundred times more painful than their heel-strings being cut to prevent them from escaping their masters.
Throughout The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (2002, Glencoe/McGraw Hill), Douglass conveys the horrors associated with captivity, reflecting on how it dehumanizes both slave and owner. Slavery directly degrades the people held as slaves. Separated from him at birth, Douglass’s mother walks miles from her plantation to lie down with him at night for comfort. Yet, when he is seven and his mother passes away, he hardly cares, as stated on page 2. “Never having enjoyed…her tender and watchful care, I received the tidings of [my mother’s] death with much the same emotions…of a stranger.” He feels no emotion at all over the person who brought him into the world, which can be a result of his slave life.
They were bred as if they were horses, with their young snatched away from them, often at birth, and no chance of having a family. Many children were "permanently separated from any other family members, [and] did not know if or when they would ever see their mother[s] again" (King 527). Sethe describes her own childhood experience with the woman she knew as her mother and it is typical of the experi... ... middle of paper ... ...illions of lives and Morrison gives those lives names and faces. The narrative form is an effective tool to bring the reality of slavery and all its misery into everyday life. Works Cited Goddu, Teresa A. Gothic America.