The Life Of A Slave Girl By Harriet Jacob

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Harriet Jacob’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, depicts a personal and true account of how woman were sexually and physically abused rather than just physically abuses as that of an enslaved man. Enslaved woman struggled tremendously to not only be considered equal to man though to be seen equal pure and virtuous identical to the white women. Jacob’s female slave narrative was a special kind of autobiography, were she not only used another person to represent her, however, she wanted the reader to just try and understand the pain the enslaved woman were forced to tolerate. In Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs uses Christian biblical passages and references to expose how white people did not live up to the Christian lifestyle they said they had, while simultaneously exposing the lack of inclusion the enslaved woman had in the true cult of womanhood.
Jacob uses the allusion of the Christian bible to depict how whites were hypocrites. As the white master teaches his slaves that they ought to be obedient to their master, he is also twisting the words to cause one believe that he is therefore their master, not God, and forces slave labor upon the enslaved people with the threat of them getting beat. Luke12: 47 says, “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or doesn’t do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows”. The white master uses anything from the bible to insure that the enslaved people believed the passages were
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