Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs Essay

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs A narrative that describes a young girl's trails and tribulations while being an involuntary member of the institution of slavery, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl attempts to open many eyes to the world of slavery. The author, Harriet Jacobs, wishes those in north would do more to put a stop to the destructive practice entitled slavery. As Jacobs states, slavery contains a de-constructive force that effects to all who surround it. It tears apart families (both white and black). Jacobs confronts her reader one on one in order to reemphasize her point. In addition, she uses the family and sentiment to appeal to and challenge her 19th century white female readers in…show more content…
This lifestyle taints all who take part in it with a stench of a repulsing evil. Attached to all involved (good and bad), this devilish smell carries the strength of hatred with it. "I was struggling alone in the powerful grasp of the demon Slavery; and the monster proved too strong for me" (Brent 54). Jacobs deems it necessary to gain emotional support from her reader by writing in a way that allows her to draw sympathy from the reader. Kindling a flame of passion in all who read this book, Jacobs attempts to light a fire under those who are not impartial to slavery. Intended to spread to the North, this fire does not burn the skin, but torches the spirit. One would call it a pilot light for freedom. Ripping apart families, slavery contains awful feelings in association with it. The stripping of children from their mother's arms, the cries of a son for his father, the tears a grandmother sheds for her lost brethren; all tear holes in the spirit and soul of their victims. Jacobs knows the sympathy felt from one mother to another when a situation involves losing a child. Knowing this and using it to appeal to readers, Harriet related to them with a strong message of family. Slave families were not the only ones affected. That is why Mr. And Mrs. Flint played such a grand role. In her writing Jacobs appeals to readers through the use family. Grabbing them emotionally, she confronts her readers on a
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