During the war they had slaves in her house and, “her family supported the South” (1). The Civil W... ... middle of paper ... ... it is romance. It makes them feel how the women feel you go through it. When she was growing up she lost some of her family, which affected her as a teenager and adult and also made her write about her feelings in journals. Kate Chopin went through many difficulties in her life and she lost a lot of loved ones but she stuck threw them and that just makes her all the more incredible author.
In both of these books is being shown an example of the misconduct upon slavery for both slaves and slaveholders. Linda was fortunate to have contact with her grandmother, use to feed her and keep her company. In some cases her loving grandmother gifted her items so she could always be with her granddaughter. Linda never thou... ... middle of paper ... ...tle. With Linda his master wanted to force her into something she didn’t want to but then that pushed her into working hard so she could escape slavery.
In directing her writing to the women of the North, Jacobs uses examples that can put the reader in her shoes, making them actually see what was occurring in the South. After the first year of her newly discovered slave life with the Flint family, one of her friends passed away. “I heard her mother sob, as the clods fell on the coffin of her only child, and I turned away from the grave, feeling thankful that I still had something left to love.” (Jacobs 358). This quote speaks to women because everyone knows that losing a daughter, especially an only child, is the worst possible thing a mother could bear. The way she says it in the story almost sounds as if things like this were a common occu... ... middle of paper ... ...as taken up.
Ella Baker was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1903. She always had strong opinions, and “followed her own mind”. However, she was influenced by her grandmother growing up, and this contributed to her sense of social justice and racism. Her grandmother, who had once been a slave, told her granddaughter stories of her own years in slavery. Her grandmother had been whipped for refusing to marry a man picked by her slave owner (SNCC).
In pleading for such stories of the past, Beloved was in a sense both reaffirming her previous existence and building a past upon the spoken words of her mother, a process which a victim of slavery might engage in. Closely related to the topic of Beloved’s search for her past is her ongoing search for motherly love. In the era of slavery, every African-American was treated as a piece of property. Even when mothers gave birth to children, they technically did not even own them, as the salve owner could auction off her children. The idea of having a mother and child relationship was almost non-existent.
Her love and commitment to protecting her children is so deep that she, unwilling to surrender them to the physical, sexual, spiritual, and psychological abuse of slavery, attempts to murder them. This single act haunts Sethe (literally and figuratively) for the rest of her life. Baby Suggs, Sethe’s ‘mother-in-law’, a spiritual woman who preaches to the black community is likewise affected by Sethe’s actions. Sethe and Baby Suggs are both mothers and former slaves. Both women have been negatively affected by the experiences of slavery.
After only a few years after they married and had kids, Oscar Chopin died due to a fever. With losing her father, husband, and later her mother, Kate Chopin became a very depressed person. Emily Toth states that one of Kate Chopin’s mentors fro... ... middle of paper ... ...nd their way across” (Stone 22). Society during Kate Chopin’s time, did not accept her way of writing and it was not until years after Kate Chopin’s death that her stories became rediscovered. Kate Chopin’s life experiences molded her writing to become an advocate for feminism in her society.
She takes the reader on a journey inside the life of a woman who was dehumanized from the moment she was born. She not only acknowledges the sexual abuse she suffered, but also explains how she had planned a way to use her sexuality as a means of escaping abuse by her master. Throughout her story, Jacobs’ focus is on the importance of family and motherhood. She details the trauma of being separated from her two children, named Ellen and Benny, during her seven years in h... ... middle of paper ... ...resents that white abolitionist women were capable of sacrificing their own comfort to help a slave. It is the message Jacobs hopes to burn deep into the intended readers mind.
Chopin lived in the time of the American civil war and her mother was a slave holder, I believe this is where she got most of her inspiration from for ‘The father of Dessires Baby’. Her stories concentrate on the lives of women, but the types of women vary from prostitutes to rich and powerful. Kate Chopin lived in a very prejudiced society, specifically involving racism; this was so strong that a mixed race marriage was totally unconceivable. This is evident within ‘The father of Dessires baby’; the character knows that he will lose his respect and dignity if he remained with his wife, however he has no hesitations because he knows ... ... middle of paper ... ...dn’t be integrated into their society. Times have changed since then and people from all cultures live anywhere now.
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.