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.
It mostly concentrates on the emotional viewpoints on it and what it did to shape who she is. When writing her story, Jacobs had a clear motive. Her motive was one of a political taking. She writes through her experiences and sufferings to make it clear to people, mainly the Northerners, and more specifically white women in the North, how slavery really is. She does not want sympathy, however, she does want "to arouse the women in the North to a realizing sense of the condition of two millions of women of the South, still in bondage" (460).
Sojourner’s children were all sold off to slavery. She suffered a lot from this because she knew that her children were going to be broken, a term used by white slave masters to strip a slave of th... ... middle of paper ... ...his helped improve slave and women movements. Sojourner was able to effectively captivate her audience’s attention with the multiple rhetorical devices she used. She delivered a powerful and meaningful message that was well accepted and understood by the audience. She appeals to her audience emotionally through her personal experiences, allusions to the Bible, repetition, and rhetorical questions to accomplish her message of the unfair treatment to women and slaves.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs strongly speaks to its readers by describing the brutalities of slavery and the way slave owners can destroy peaceful lives. After reading and rereading the story have noticed certain things regarding how Jacobs tries to educate her readers and her intended audience which is the women of the North. As if we do not know enough about how terrible slavery is, this story gives detailed examples of the lives of slaves and provokes an incredible amount of emotions. She uses several tactics in her writing to reach her desired audience and does so very well. The way she wrote the story does not seem as though she is emotionally connected.
It is the message Jacobs hopes to burn deep into the intended readers mind. Like most slave narratives, the reader feels a form of guilt and sympathy for the protagonist, but for Harriet Jacobs there is much more to be felt. Freedom is arguably life’s greatest gifts and it being taken away can sometimes be a fate worse than death. In Harriet Jacob’s narrative, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, she tells a story of the painful truths that plagued slave women in the nineteenth century. It is a story that deserves to be read long after this period of time.
The theme of mother hood is present throughout the novel. Morrison portrays the struggles black slave women faced as mothers within the institution of slavery. The positive qualities of motherhood are constantly tested against the cruelty of slavery within the novel. Morrison reflects the nature of slavery through the idea of slavery taking away the maternal rights of slave women. This evident in the subside story of Baby Suggs and her unclear memory of her own children.
In fact, when she repeats “he is not hers”, Harper uses a didactic tone to really condemn the fact that a slave mother is being robbed the natural right to raise her own child. At this moment Harper asks for humanity and pushes for empathy from her audience. One must note that Harper lived in an era where childbirth was very dangerous. In fact, both White and Black women were very familiarized with the vast amount of maternal and infant mortality rates. For example, “Infant mortality among African and African-American slaves in the 18th century ranged from
She however boldly states, "[I] earnestly desire to arouse the women of the North to a realizing sense of the condition of two millions of women at the South still in bondage, suffering what I suffered, and most of them far worse. I want to add my testimony to that of abler pens to convince the people of the Free States what Slavery really is. "(preface 1) Harriet Jacobs wanted to show the people who were not experiencing slavery exactly was going on in hopes that it would influence them to bring a stop to it. Though you cannot help but pity Harriet Jacobs, you can also take her story and the hard ships she endured and realize how strong a woman she truly was. Harriet was born into slavery.
This forced both black and white women to escape their social roles and fight for something. With white woman this was to escape their husbands shadow since they were never allowed to vote and for black women it was a way to gain freedom from the plantation and to end slavery. Deborah Gray Whites book shows a side of slavery containing black women that wasn’t unmasked. Though the mythologies of Mammy and Jezebel didn’t quite match up to the everyday lives of female slaves, there is still a great deal of difference of being a slave women then a slave man or white woman. Works Cited White, Deborah G. Ar'n't I a Woman?
However, women did want changes in rights for all people, but with women being women it caused a problem with people taking them seriously. In this research paper, I will be addressing three women who were abolitionists and/or activists. Sarah Moore Grimké was born in 1792 into a well-known family in Charleston, South Carolina who owned slaves; not like some of the other children who were raised around slavery, Sarah was sickened by the sight of how slaves were treated and the idea of slavery. About thirteen years later, Angelina Grimké was born and felt the same as her sister, when it came to slavery. In 1830s, the two sisters began to speak publicly about abolitionism; in the form of speeches, books, and letters.