"Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl"
This paper analyzes the dehumanizing effects and struggles of female slavery in Harriet Jacobs's book "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl."
# 66352 | 1,090 words | 1 source | MLA | 2006 |
Published on Jun 10, 2006 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (Slavery) , Women Studies (General) , Gender and Sexuality (General)
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This paper examines the struggles of female enslavement, the dehumanizing effects of slavery as well as ultimate escape of author Harriet Jacobs, as detailed so vividly in her book "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl." This paper also focuses on Jacobs's gender which lends a certain uniqueness to the experiences surrounding her struggles and her final resulting escape.
From the Paper:"Of course, many masters abused their female slaves, certainly lending justification to escape by these women. This is true in the story, as Jacobs describes the events leading to Dr. Flint's abuse. Furthermore, she explains that feelings and emotions that surround many households, particularly between masters and mistresses, because of this sexual abuse. Dr. Flint's abuse of Jacobs, however, led to another form of oppression because of her gender. Mrs. Flint initially offers Jacobs protection from Dr. Flint's advances. Although this offer is made out of jealousy, Mrs. Flint takes Jacobs into her room to sleep at night."
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