Women Of A Slave Girl By Harriet Jacobs

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In the novel Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs presents what life was like living as a female slave during the 19th century. Born into slavery, she exhibits, most likely to people living in the North who thought slaves were treated fairly and well, how living as a slave, and especially as a female slave during that time was a heinous and horrible experience. Perhaps a lot harder than it was if one had been a male slave, as female slaves had to deal with issues, such as unwanted sexual attention, sexual victimization and the suffering of slave mothers separated from their children. Harriet Jacobs shows that despite all of the hardship that she struggles with, having a cause to fight for such as trying to get your children a better life and fighting to be able to achieve freedom on your own, can give one a stronger will to live. To illustrate, female slaves in the 19th century had enormously more adversity to cope and manage with then the male slaves; such as sexual assault from the male slave owners and harassment from the female slave owners. Many slave girls would start to be harassed and sexually assaulted around the young age of only 15, “But I had now entered my 15th year – a sad epoch in the life of a slave girl. My master began to whisper foul words into my ear” (26 Jacobs). This shows that not only did female slaves have to deal with these kinds of harsh conditions; they had to begin to cope with these circumstances at a very young age. Throughout
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