A perspective that was relatively secretive during Jacobs’ time. Jacobs’ narrative focuses on subjugation due to race but it also portrays many women an strong and often open roles. Women in these roles were minimal and often suffered for their outspoken roles. Harriet Jacobs’ narrative is a powerful statement unveiling the impossibility and undesirability of achieving the ideal put forth by men and maintained by women. Jacobs directs her account of the afflictions a woman is subjected to in the chain of slavery to women of the north to gain sympathy for their sisters that were enslaved in the south.
First, she writes about the hardships of slave life such as losing people close to you. Then, she provides examples of how the women and men of the south differ from those who were born and raised in the North Through out the novel, she continuously states the hardships mothers have to face, which women anywhere can relate to. Finally, her emotionally detached tone causes the readers to really understand that she is writing to make a point rather than to look for sympathy.
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.
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.
Toni Morrison’s Beloved, offers a compelling look at the lives of former slaves during the Reconstruction era and the burden of a past that they are desperate to reconcile. Sethe, a former slave, is the main character in Morrison’s study. For her, the memories of her life as a slave on the Sweet Home plantation are inescapable. Her devotion to her children is unquestionable. 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 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. Sarah from a very young age sees the evil of slavery and wants to do everything that she can in order to live in a world that sees everyone as people rather than, master and slave. As Sarah grows older she is constantly being punished for her views towards slavery. When she is younger she is band from her favorite room the library, and when she grows older she is banded from her hometown and degraded publically. “Slave lover.
Sarah, an older slave, is the cook on the plantation who seems to make herself adjust to life as a slave. Alice who is owned by Rufus struggles to make their relationship work. Through the characters of Dana, Alice, and Sarah the reader is able to understand the emotional endurance of the psychological toll of slavery. One important psychological toll of slavery is fear of slave owners, abuse, and of losing everything. Many slaves lived in fear throughout their life and some of them learned to accept the fear.
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.
They worked also hard in trying to hide secrets that they had seen and heard and often times were regarded as second rate by the woman that they indeed worked for. Jacobs would tell her story of anguish in her Memoir “ Incidents in the life of a slave girl.” Jacobs would write down her accounts to allow the others in the northern states to see what a slave in the southern states endured, and the conflicts that they were inflicted with on a daily basis. Jacobs also tells of unhappy Newer in which she is referring to the time of year when they are sold off into families and must leave their loved ones behind. This was especially hard for the mothers that would be separated from their children, which she refers to as “ peculiar sorrows.” Harriet was deeply touched by the removal of children from their mothers and surviving family, she touched on this quite a bit in her stories of her life and what she had seen.. Jacobs touch... ... middle of paper ... ... African Americans today still have deep wounds that will heal over time when it comes to the subject of slavery. Slavery as a whole is a wound on this country's history and a contradiction of what this country is founded on.
Jacobs’ life story gives a glimpse into how enslaved women lived, the challenges they faced, and how they were treated by unenslaved white women, namely their owners wives. Despite Jacobs’ treatment perhaps being on the more extreme end of the spectrum, her experiences should not be discounted or thought of as abnormal, but rather as a face for the millions of others who were treated similarly. Enslaved women were repeatedly reminded of their status by their masters, and regardless of their shared gender status, this inequality was often enforced by their mistresses. Despite stereotypes of having being more compassionate than their husbands, in some cases slave owners’ wives were crueler towards slaves as a way to maintain control. In Jacobs’ experience, mistresses often felt jealous or insecure of their husbands relations to their female slaves, and because of this were absolved of any feelings of female solidarity.