Jacobs described how her life changed when she was forced to discover that everything is shown in a new light when the people that used to help you are no longer there. Linda starts the book talking about her childhood with her mother and her brother. However, soon Linda is separated from her family and moves to a new master who is younger than her. She has to listen to her master’s father who is Dr. Flint since her master is not old enough to make decisions on her own. She soon learns that Dr. Flint is trying to seduce her and she knew that he was “the father of eleven slaves” (p. 35) making her a target since no mother slave dared to say who the real father was. She had seen how families are broken apart never to see each other again since her family was one of them. Her father was also a free white man and she understood that she cannot be labeled as a white girl instead of a black slave. She was just like the eleven slaves that were brought into the world. She informs her audience that she knew what wa...
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...don’t have to explain to others. We are also allowed to be our own master and aren’t controlled by someone else for their benefit. Slaves in the past had to worry about their children being taken away from them and never to be seen again. Some parts of the book really made me think about what my life would have been if I was a slave in that time period, and to go through all the pain and suffering that slaves went through and stilled lived. I would never run away from my problem but rather face them. Linda on the other hand, could not have done the same thing. Linda’s is a very strong woman who puts her family before anything else in the world, unlike some people in this time.
Jacobs, Harriet A. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself. Ed. Lydia Maria Child and Jean Fagan. Yellin. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1987. Print.
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