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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Harriet Jacobs's purpose in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is to expose how awful life as a slave is for women specifically. She wants to reach other women who are free and show them how...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2019 11:19 pm UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Linda chooses to run away when she learns that her children are to be "broke in" as slaves at the Flint plantation. She understands that her children are being used as a kind of blackmail against...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2017 12:48 pm UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

In the preface to Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Jacobs uses a rhetorical device common to a number of slave narratives. In several places, she emphasizes her lack of ability when it comes...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2020 12:37 pm UTC

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After Linda (Harriet Jacobs) escapes, the Flints are desperate to find her and bring her back. Linda even notes that the Flints are afraid of her fleeing before she even does so: Mr. Flint was...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2019 1:41 pm UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is her autobiographical account, published under her pen name Linda Brent, of her life as a slave and her escape from her master in the...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2020 4:23 am UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl was significant because it allowed its readers to experience the trials and travails of a female slave in America during a 20 + year period. The reader sees...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2014 7:36 pm UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Linda is supported by her own family members, her first mistress, and the Bruce family. Linda is opposed by the Flints. At the beginning, Linda has a decent life. Her mother is a good cook, and her...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2016 10:53 am UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

There are many comparisons between Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. This is to be expected, as both were written to expose the horrors of...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2019 5:36 pm UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Harriet Jacobs, known as Linda Brent in the narrative, finally decides to escape when she finds out that her children are coming to the Flint plantation only to be "broke in." The answer to your...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2016 10:09 am UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Harriet Jacobs was an escaped slave who eventually became an abolitionist and wrote her autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. As your question suggests, Jacobs has some hesitations...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2013 6:31 pm UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

In the autobiographical Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs gives us an account of her years living as a slave. Linda Brent, a pseudonym that Jacobs used, faces many hardships...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2018 4:23 pm UTC

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A strong thesis statement about the unique experience of women in slavery could center on sexuality. A thesis might argue that Linda Brent is subject to specific sexual threats because of her...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2021 6:00 pm UTC

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Jacobs writes as early as the Preface that she "has not exaggerated the wrongs inflicted by Slavery." Like every narrative written by enslaved people during the antebellum period, the entire...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2017 8:08 pm UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

The most important theme of this powerful account of life as a female slave is the inhumanity of slavery. Jacobs takes great pains to ensure that those who practise slavery cannot be viewed as...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2013 5:50 am UTC

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Of numerous ironies in Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, I will select three for discussion. The most striking feature in the early part of the narrative involves Linda's...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2020 5:50 am UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Gender was an important factor in the experience of Harriet Jacobs (writing with the character’s name, Linda Brent) as she survived years of enslavement and found her way to freedom. The legal...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2020 4:09 am UTC

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The full quote in question comes when Harriet Jacobs writes, "Reader, my story ends with freedom; not in the usual way, with marriage." Remember, Jacobs published Incidents in the Life of a Slave...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2020 3:49 pm UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

The challenges that Linda Brent experienced in the Flint household are rooted in slavery's cruelty. As early as the second chapter, Linda Brent gives glimpses of these challenges. She talks about...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2016 6:02 am UTC

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In her Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs presents the disproportionate burden that enslaved women must bear as a recurring theme. Significant aspects of their disadvantages...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2021 12:12 am UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

In chapter 8, "What Slaves Are Taught To Think Of The North," of Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself, the narrator, Linda Brent, offers a scathing critique of...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2020 10:04 pm UTC

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Jacobs might have used Rousseau’s theories on morality to explain why slaves were not inferior. Rousseau believed that people were born equal, and it was their decisions and actions that made them...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2013 7:44 am UTC

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In chapter 8 of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs writes that when Northerners travel to the South, they are obliged to suppress "every thought and feeling at variance" with the...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2020 10:00 pm UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

As the autobiography of Harriet Jacobs, who experienced slavery firsthand, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl has numerous quotes that show the inhumanity of slavery. One way slaves were...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2020 8:58 pm UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

The image of the gold chain in this anecdote from Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of the Slave Girl is a particularly evocative one. Although the mistress means for the gold chain to be a...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2018 10:58 pm UTC

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Friends and family constitute a vital support network for Linda. As an enslaved person, someone without any rights in this deeply prejudiced society, she has nowhere else to turn. Linda's friends...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2018 9:44 am UTC

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Harriet Jacobs describes Mrs. Flint as being exceptionally cruel. While Dr. Flint is described as a thoroughly selfish and brutal person, without the slightest compassion for his slaves or concern...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2020 3:28 am UTC

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Christian principles are in stark contrast to the idea of slavery. Whilst slavery was commonplace in the Roman Empire, one can find passages even in the New Testament that indicate that the...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2019 8:27 am UTC

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In chapter 37 of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs describes a visit to England. She says that when she arrived in London, she felt as though a a great millstone had been lifted...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2020 11:50 pm UTC

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The importance of family is emphasized through the book, and Harriet Jacobs shows the grave threat to African-American families that the slavery system inevitably posed. Harriet is called Linda in...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2020 8:35 pm UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Harriet Jacobs, who used the pseudonym Linda Brent, is the author of the autobiography Incidents in The Life of a Slave Girl. Although we are not told much about the life of the slave girl before...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2019 9:19 am UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Brent begins her story by saying that as a child she was unaware that she was a slave. It was not until age six, when her mother died, that she became aware of her condition. At age twelve, she...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2020 2:45 pm UTC

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The garret is a metaphor for Linda's degradation, because it is a dark, secret place. Like the garret, Linda's presence is a secret. This secret is degrading because her status as a fugitive slave...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2021 12:47 pm UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

The entirety of Harriet Jacobs's recounting of her experiences as an enslaved woman should convince readers of the evils of slavery. The very reality of her enslavement, of her loss of autonomy...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2019 3:24 am UTC

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Harriet Jacobs says that slavery pollutes the souls of white slave owners, writing, It makes white fathers cruel and sensual; the sons violent and licentious; it contaminates the daughters, and...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2020 11:23 pm UTC

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In Harriet Jacobs’s autobiographical novel, Linda flees the abusive control of the Flint family. Fearful of being captured as a fugitive, she takes refuge in a tiny attic space that Betty offers...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2021 9:43 pm UTC

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Mrs. Flint shows Harriet just how morally corrupting the system of slavery really is. Instead of holding her husband accountable for his serial philandering, she puts all the blame onto Harriet,...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2019 8:15 am UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

The two books, though belonging to different genres and literary periods, the colonial era for Rowlandson's captivity narrative, the nineteenth century on the eve of the American civil war for...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2012 2:10 pm UTC

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Under the circumstances, Linda's not in a position to refuse Mr. Sands. As a slave, she has no rights and therefore has no choice but to let herself be sexually exploited by a white slave master....

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019 6:26 am UTC

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The central argument of this moving slave narrative is the way that slavery, whilst it is terrible for men to endure, is actually much worse for women, because of the particular hardships and...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2013 5:12 am UTC

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Linda's experience in her grandparent's garret is emblematic of her slave status in many ways. In particular, her identity as a mother is eclipsed by her identity as fugitive; because she is hunted...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2021 12:48 pm UTC

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Quite simply, Linda fears Dr. Flint because he is her master. As such, Dr. Flint verbally abuses her and harasses her sexually. In regards to verbal abuse, here is a good example of his typical...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2016 9:58 am UTC

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Linda learns to read early on while living with her first mistress when Linda is between the ages of six and twelve. Later, she is forced to move in with Dr. Flint and his wife. The doctor sexually...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2020 7:31 pm UTC

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In chapter 8 of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs asks how slaves can ever improve their lot, either materially or morally, under such a brutal system. How, she demands, can the...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2020 5:58 am UTC

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This is a difficult question to answer, because for Jacobs, these three things were intertwined, especially slavery and her ethnic background. I would argue that the institution of slavery is the...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2013 6:13 am UTC

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Harriet Jacobs continually proves that the answer to your question is most definitely that masters lie to inspire fear in their slaves. One of the quotations that proves this is as follows: Ah,...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2016 10:17 am UTC

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The society Harriet Jacobs describes is segregated not only by race, but also by sex. This is not often as overtly discussed as the segregation of Black and White people is, but it is constantly...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2020 4:39 pm UTC

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In Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, there are no consistent standards of conduct either for women or for men. There are two reasons why the women may appear to be kinder and...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2020 10:03 am UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

The central theme of this book which is very different from the majority of slave narratives is the experience of slavery from the point of view of slave women. This is what makes this account so...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2013 5:22 am UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

The heinous practice of misceganation in the antebellum South is explored in this autobiographical novel by Harriet Jacobs. Linda, the main character, is born into slavery, but her parents are...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2011 5:23 am UTC

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl was the first major American slave narrative by a woman. Her work was mainly addressed to white, middle- to upper-class American women. Those...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2017 3:51 pm UTC

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