This could not be said for Dr. Flint. Flint treated Linda as an object. A tool to be used for whatever he wanted. He was abusive, cruel, and inhumane. Soon after her mother Linda 's father unexpectedly passes away. Under Flint 's control Linda is given no time to grieve and unalloyed to see him one last time. "I thought I should be allowed to go to my father 's house the next morning; but I was ordered to go for flowers, that my mistress 's house might be decorated for an evening party. I spent the day gathering flowers and weaving them into festoons, while the dead body of my father was lying within a mile of me. What cared my owners for that? He was merely a piece of property" (Jacobs, 41). Not even death affected Flints resolve. He still viewed his slaves as objects.
The Johnson family has many problems throughout the household. Mrs. Johnson has a harsh and difficult life; however, her daughters does not make it any better. Mama does not have a lot to show for, but what she does have she appreciates and cares for it very much. The biggest problem would be that Dee does not respect her heritage and does not want to live at home. Their home was not that nice, there were many things wrong with it, but that is where it shows your culture and heritage of your past. Dee left home because she did not like the way her mama was living, she went off to college to try to better herself. Maggie, the youngest daughter, is a very dull and unattractive girl. Walker writes,
Willy undermines her authority with the boys. He denies any negative comments out of her mouth when their children are discussed. He interrupts her. He shouts at her. Linda reacts with veiled hostility to Willy?s disrespect. She laughs at the idea of planting a garden, pointing to Willy?s past failures at growing a garden. Every time Linda pokes at his failures, she is retaliating against Willy?s failures and the fact that she has been pulled into Willy?s dead end dream against her will.
She has been made a slave merely by her skin color, agreement to act a slave with her spouse Kevin, physical violence she witnesses and experiences as well as her lack of any rights of citizenship. To further complicate her lack of power, the once accepting young Rufus is now older, threatening her with black mail, disrupting the power dynamic she once had. During one power struggle she softly argued, “I won’t bargain away my husband or my freedom! [Rufus argued that] You don’t have either to bargain [and Dana exclaimed] Neither do you” (142).
Many conflicts has emerged during the time when Dana was transported back into 1776, the period where slaves thrived in the South. Dana was considered a slave due to her slightly dark skin, and therefore she struggled to play the part of a slave, even though her only motive for traveling back in time was to assure the existence of her family lineage by helping Rufus, her white ancestor, survive as he recklessly gets injured, nearing death’s door several times. With the help of her white husband, Kevin, who accidentally gets transported to the past with her, Dana’s life becomes more safe, stable, and secure, until a deadly whip from Tom Weylin caused her to teleport back into her own time, leaving her husband in the traumatic period of history
During this time, she still lived in Aunt Martha’s attic. The only way to watch her children was through a hole in the attic. The attic represented all the thing that kept slaves from being free. She was unable to sit or stand, which represents how slavery limits slaves to reach their full potential and live a meaningful life; at the same time, Linda used this space as a way to be free. She was still unable to escape the attic because of the risk that Dr. Flint would find her. One day, Mr. Sands got married and Linda sadly realized that he would never free her children. When he took one of her children to Washington, D.
She wanted to be a role model for her children and at the same time, she wanted to become friend with them. Helen valued education, and she wanted Julie to go to college and have a successful life. However, after she found out that Julie had secretly being together with Tod, the poor, unambitious man. She was disappointed, betrayed, sad. Julie moved out of Helen’s home. Later, when Helen found out that Julie and her husband Tod had nowhere to live, she let them move in with her. She is a permissive parent, yet, she cares about her children, provides them as much support as she can. Helen stayed calm when Gary told her he wanted to live with his dad for a while. I can see her heart was bleeding when she heard her son’s words. She gave Gary his father’s phone number anyway, and Gary talked to his dad over the phone and figured out the cruel fact that his dad didn’t care for them anymore. Helen wanted to comfort Gary but he refused to talk. I felt Helen’s guilt and desperation at that moment. After she broke into Gary’s room and found out that Gary was carrying the bag that contains pornography, she immediately asked Tod’s help to talk to Gary. She had a chance to talk to Tod and had learned that Tod came from a broken family. She had a better idea of who Tod was and his help to Gary gained Helen’s respect. Helen supported Tod and helped her daughter Julie overcame the tough situation in marriage. Helen
This also illustrates how Dana believes she can have a lasting effect on Rufus, to steer him away from the ways of his father. However, she only has a limited period of time to shed her 20th century mentality on him. And, Rufus’ change is not gradual relative to Dana, because every time she returns, she finds Rufus years older, and acting that much more like his father.
One of Linda’s most significant figures in her life, her grandmother also plays an important role in protecting her from Dr. Flint. It is clear that Slave masters have so much power over their slaves, so it is highly unusual that Dr. Flint is not able to exercise this power to fulfill his lust for Linda. Therefore, there is something else which would interfere with his power which is the fear of her grandmother, and her place in society. Dr. Flint, who because of his place in society has to maintain a respectable reputation, knows he can not afford to have rumors smearing his name. Because Linda’s grandmother is known for her integrity, any accusations coming from her, will hurt his reputation significantly. His only hope of keeping the affair a secret, is to gain Linda’s consent. Therefore he uses many tactics including bribing her with a private cottage, threatening to send her to plantations, and even trying to use sweet words to win her over. None of these techniques however works to manipulate Linda into giving in. Linda’s grandmother also has many friends in the white population. One of these friends was so sympathetic that she hides Linda after she had escaped for many years
In the novel, Brave New World, the character Linda was a normal citizen in a futuristic society called “World State”. She believes that “everybody belongs to everyone else” ( 121) and “love’s as good as Soma” (166), until Linda goes on holiday with The Director and gets pregnant. The Director leaves Linda at a Native American Reservation to have their child and never be spoken of or to again. Linda was suddenly exiled and forced to live in a world that she was unfamiliar with and unaware of the social norms. In this experience of being banished and taken away from her home, Linda lets her maternal instincts kick in when raising her son John.
After many trips back to the 1800’s, Rufus eventually takes his father’s place when he deceases. Dana believed this would make her time in the Weylin household less taxing, but she quickly realized that Rufus made her want freedom more than Tom Weylin did. Soon after Tom Weylin passed, Rufus sent Evan Fowler, the slave overseer, to send Dana to work in the fields. He believed Dana let his father die and
Dr. Flint demands to know the father of Linda's children and doesn't fail to remind her that they were just another set of his properties. Dr. Flint proposes a deal to Linda that is if she stops all communication with her children's father and live in the cottage he has made for her, she will be free. Linda decides to dissent with Flint's proposition and work in Dr. Flint's son's plantation. One night, after a hard day of labor, Linda finally decides to runaway from
Early in her life, after she was put to work, Jacobs wanted nothing more than to be a free woman. Evidently her feelings are altered after she becomes a mother. While Jacobs still desired her freedom, the safety of her children is now more important. She writes she “…would ten thousand times rather that my children should be the half starved paupers of Ireland than to be the most pampered among the slaves of America”. This results in her making decisions that may have hurt herself, but also protected her children such as when she ran away to hide in her grandmother’s house. Jacobs was afraid of what would happen to her when her children were sent out into the fields to be “broken in”. She knew she could not escape to the north with two small children, so she decided that rather than escape on her own she would hide nearby. She went to her grandmother’s house and hid knowing that if she disappeared the Flint’s would sell her children rather than keep them. As she told a trusted friend: “…they would never sell them to any body so long as they have me in their power.”. Ultimately she is correct and the children are sold to their father Mr. Sands, but it costs Jacobs her physical health as she is bitten in the leg by a poisonous snake and injures her back while hiding in the garret of her grandmother’s shed. It also causes her great fear and stress as getting caught would not only mean punishment for her, but anyone who helped or was presumed to have helped hide her. Linda’s philosophy that her children’s wellbeing is more important than her own allows for events to take place that lead to her children’s eventual freedom from
Meanwhile, one of the worse challenge I imaged occurred for Linda while living under the authority of the Flints’ was the tolerance which Mrs. Flint