Analysis Of Girl By Harriet Jacobs

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Female slave narratives appealed to women by emphasizing the female issues of slavery such as sexual abuse and motherhood. Harriet Jacobs tries to appeal to the Northern white women using the emotions of being a mother, Christianity, and the sanctity of marriage. In the story, Jacobs compares what it is like to endure New Year’s Day as a black slave to the celebrations that white slave owners and their families partake in. To black slaves, this is the day mother’s would lose their children at the auction block to new slave owners. She uses this as a tactic to describe the pain and heartache a mother feels when separated from her children, in hopes that her audience will feel sympathetic. Jacobs also uses the sexual harassment in the book as
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