Analysis Of Harriet Jacobs Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl

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In these two tales of brutal bondage, Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and Frederick Douglass' Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, the modern reader can decipher two vastly different experiences from circumstances that were not altogether that dissimilar. Both narratives tell the story of a slave gaining his or her freedom from cruel masters, yes, but that is where the most prominent similarities end. Not only are they factually different, these stories are entirely distinct in their themes. Douglass tells the reader, “You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man” (1211). As simple as this statement may seem, it is absolutely dripping with meaning, and it would not be a great

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