Critical Analysis Of Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl

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Harriet Ann Jacobs known to the public as Linda Brent and Frederick Douglass both were the victims of slavery and succeed to escape its clutches. As they possessed the skill of literateness, after becoming free members of the American society, they decided to write down their experiences of living as slaves to share what they had witnessed. Consequently, “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” is the fruit of Linda Brent’s labor, and Frederic Douglass delivered his testimony in “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave”. Additionally, this is not the point where their similarities diminish. They were also involved into abolitionist movement and work as social reformers which gained them recognition and esteem amid Northerners. However, it is crucial to acknowledge how much resemblance their ordeals included before the liberation in terms of gender…show more content…
She put an emphasis on the foundation that black people were equally able to follow God’s path. Perhaps the harsh reality of slavery and the fatigue they had endured made them more humble. They were aware of the fact that they had to put much effort into their work and could not expect much in return, however, every small blessing was accepted with gratitude towards God. Furthermore, God was the source of strength during the most arduous times. This issue was not if that brought black people in a superior position in the eyes of God, but if they ever could be perceived as they truly were without the specter of slavery. The author of “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” noticed the hypocrisy of southern Christians as well. For instance, Brent mentioned an occurrence when her mother was promised freedom for her children by a woman who claimed to be a good Christian and a friend. This woman also taught Brent that she was expected to “love thy neighbor as thyself” [page 16]. Yet, Brent was not freed, but managed as a piece of
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