Mary Rowlandson And Harriet Jacobs Analysis

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Mary Rowlandson and Harriet Jacobs narratives Mary Rowlandson and Harriet Jacobs narration of their hard experience during captivity and slavery played a very significant role in revealing much about the conditions of women during that time. As most of the critics believe that telling a story from the point view of an oppressed group as women in a male dominant society, will guarantee a new framework of resistance and will break the typical image of women as being submissive and Marginalized. Moreover, these two writers, through their narration were able to endure all the difficulties and the hardships as loosing freedom and the sexual abuse, to seek the rights of all other women, and to fight for the elimination of both slavery and captivity. Harriet Jacobs in her narration of “Incidents in the life of a slave girl written by herself” decided to take the risk and to narrate her…show more content…
Although she is not the only one who wrote about slavery and its condition, but as William Andrews said “"Many of the ugly truths of the black woman's condition in slavery had been widely publicized before Jacobs's book,", "but her work made an important difference, never before had an American slave woman pleaded her own case" (Bacon, McClish). While Mary Rowlandson narration of “A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson” shows her experience as being captivated by the Indians during King Philip war. She was able to show the essence of the situation, the truth, and the difficulties she went through. Moreover, Christianity and God played a very influential role in providing Rowlandson and Jacobs with hope and also with power to overcome their difficulties. Therefore, this paper will examine Rowlandson and Jacobs narrative techniques, the notion of Christianity, and acquiring freedom in both “A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson” by Mary Rowlandson, and “Incidents in the life of a
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