Summary Of Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl In the excerpt of "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl", Harriet Jacobs aims to convince her readers how slavery effects young girl 's life’s. She wields control over her audience because of the nature of the autobiography. Autobiographical works are based in that only one point of view is presented and that is the point of view of the protagonist. Jacobs uses rhetorical strategies and maneuvers to shape the reactions of their readers in her narrative. She repeatedly includes realistic images of brutality at the hands of the slave-owners, constantly uses an emotional appeal, connotation, and euphemism. Jacobs begins her passage using clear detail and straightforward language, except when talking about her sexual history to fully describe what it is like to be a slave. On lines 3-5, Jacobs uses connotation when she says "But I now entered on my fifteenth year -a sad epoch in the life of a slave girl. My master began to whisper foul words in my ear." She uses connotation by saying her master whispered foul words in her ear, which makes the reader have to imply that he rapes her. Jacobs says that Northerners only think…show more content…
On line 21, she refers to slavery as "The degradation, the wrongs, the vices," in which she uses Synathroesmus. Synathroesmus is a series of adjectives compiled often in the service of criticism. The reader can note that she criticises slavery by the diction in the passage. Jacobs wanted a better life along with a better life for her children. It would have killed her to ever have to witness her children being treated brutally and harsh by their master. Her life would have been immensely easier if slavery would have been abolished in her time period, but since there was no way that could happen in the time frame she lived in she chose to escape with the only intention of it being a better future for her
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