Trials And Tribulations Of Men Vs Women

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Title: Trials and Tribulations of Men Vs Women in Slavery
Text: Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861)
Theme: Men Vs Women: Life in Slavery
Thesis: In Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861), she pointed out the fact that, “Slavery is terrible for men; but it is far more terrible for women” (240). Throughout the narrative, slavery is shown to be different for woman mentally, physically, and emotionally in comparison to men. There is a distinct difference in treatment between men and woman in their work and most things physical; Jacobs’s narrative utilizes sensory language and imagery to convey the difference in types of abuse they were subjected to. Similarly, in slavery, unfortunately there was always a loss of innocence; Jacobs showcased how men and women lost that innocence in different ways by utilizing symbolism and significant word choice. Jacobs also emphasizes the emotional hardships baring children can have when enslaved, something a man will never understand, by using repetition of words, direct comparisons, and tone. Jacobs emphasizes these points to gain sympathy from her audience and expose the burdens and sufferings of the female slave.
Point 1: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl illustrated an obvious difference in the type of abuse felt by slave men and women; Jacobs utilized brutal and sensory word choice and vivid imagery for men and less descriptive words when telling about the abuse for women in her

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