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Linda Brent's Goals in Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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In Harriet Jacobs Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, the motives and goals of Linda Brent affected her self-image and her relationships with those around her. There were three important scenes in this selection that exemplified her motives and goals. One of these scenes was when she deteriorated her health in a crawl space in order for her to escape her wretched life. Linda feared that Dr. Flint would send her children to the plantations, because Mrs. Flint did not want her to leave the plantation. Mrs. Flint believed if she brought Linda’s children to the plantation Linda would never leave, and they would all be forced to engage in slavery for good. Linda could not bear the thought of her children being forced into such cruelty, therefore she created a plan that included her running away. She ended up in a crawl space attached to her grandmother’s house. That space allowed for little to no room, no warmth in the winter, no cool air in the summer, and no interaction with anyone, except for the grandmother at night. Her motive for living this way was her children. Her goals being to be with her kids and be free of Dr. Flint, and slavery. She wanted to be able to leave her crawl space, flee to the North, and be reunited with her children. She was granted such success and found companions with the Bruce family. “Linda . . . escaped to the North . . . was reunited with her children . . . and found work in the Bruce household” (2361, Note). Another scene is when she
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