Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass And Harriett Ann Jacobs Analysis

analytical Essay
1043 words
1043 words

I will begin with a comparison of the two books, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave” and “Harriett Ann Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” with their title pages. Douglass’s title is announcing that his entire “life” as an “American Slave” will be examined. While, Jacobs’s title offers a contrast and proclaims that this will not be the story of her full life, but a selection of “incidents” that occurred at specific times in her life. Jacobs refers to herself in the title as a “slave girl,” and not an “American slave,”. It is the voice of a woman telling the story of having survived a horrifying childhood and identifies herself as a slave mother. Douglass’ and Jacobs’ works symbolize the pressure between …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Compares douglass' "narrative of the life of an american slave" and jacob's "incidents in the life of a slave girl" with their title pages.
  • Analyzes how douglass' narrative chronicles his life from childhood to becoming an adult. he was born a slave in tuckahoe, maryland, under captain anthony.
  • Analyzes how jacobs renames people in her story for a sense of privacy. the audience for this narrative is males and females.
  • Explains that most slave narratives begin with a statement regarding birthplace, with little knowledge about when he or she was born. they also discuss religion, for the most part christianity, and slave auctions.
  • Compares the narratives of douglass and jacobs, and explains that the similarities are due to the prescribed formats that governed their publication.
  • Analyzes how douglass' narrative is told from the pulpit through his sermons, reflecting his mastery of a powerful preaching style and the rhythms and imagery of biblical texts that were familiar to his audiences.
  • Analyzes how jacobs's narrative is the sexual exploitation that she, and many other slave women, had to endure.
  • Compares jacobs' work to douglass, both were slaves and knew of at least one family member. both authors achieved successful outcomes and were eventually freed from slavery.

Douglass’ narrative chronicles his life from childhood to becoming an adult. Factual information gathered from this reading tells us that Douglass was born a slave in Tuckahoe, Maryland, and was born under the master, Captain Anthony. Douglass had no knowledge of his age but does know who is his mother and grandmother are. We also learn that Douglass is aware of the fact that his father is considered to be the master of the plantation. In the later part of Douglass’ life, he is moved to a new plantation, where is owner is Mr. Auld. When he becomes a slave on Mr. Auld’s plantation, Douglass begins to get a true sense and knowledge of the ravages of …show more content…

The novel becomes the result of his speech-making career, reflecting his mastery of a powerful preaching style, along with the rhythms and imagery of biblical texts that were familiar to his audiences. Jacobs modeled her narrative on the sentimental or domestic events that occurred in her life. Douglass focuses on the struggle to achieve manhood and freedom. Jacob focuses on sexual exploitation. The lead character of Douglass’ autobiography is a boy, and then a young man, who is robbed of family and community. He then gains an identity not only through his escape from Baltimore to Massachusetts but through his ability to create himself through telling his story. Harriet Jacobs, on the other hand, was caught between community, family, and

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