Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl, Depicts The Story

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, depicts the story of Harriet Jacobs and her journey through a horrific life of slavery. She chooses to tell her story through the eyes of a character named Linda Brent. Harriet tells her life story nearly from start to finish, opening with the depiction of her life as a very young girl born into slavery. Continuing into her young adult years, and ultimately ending with hope for a future free from slavery in her later years. The experiences Linda faces are unimaginable and heartbreaking. As the readers, we not only get to see the culture of the time period that came with Linda 's life, but we also witness what Linda learns about herself though this story. These realizations provide reflection on the…show more content…
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. As if these actions were not testament enough to Flints resolve, as time went on Flint 's abuse became more manipulative. He would toy with his slaves and drive them to breaking points and beyond. "He was a crafty man, and resorted to many means to accomplish his purposes. Sometimes he had story, terrific ways, that made his victims tremble; sometimes he assumed gentleness that he though must surely subdue... He tried his utmost to corrupt my young mind with unclean images, such as only a vile monster could think of" (Jacobs, 90). On top of his mind games Flint began making unrelenting sexual advances toward Linda. Treating her like a piece of meat only
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