Slave Girl Sparknotes

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs is a story about a young slave named Linda and her personal experience trying to escape alive. Linda is a brilliant black slave that is constantly tormented mentally and physically by her master, Dr. Flint. For the sake of Linda’s two young children she had with a white man out of wedlock, Linda decides to escape until she or her children are bought by close friends or family, so that they may never experience the tribulations of slavery. While the South tried to convince northerners that the master-slave relationship was a good one, Jacobs goes on to convincingly prove that is not the case.
Although this book may seem fictitious to many during that time, it was later revealed that these
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Out of fear some would sometimes succumb to those advances, but if caught, would ignite a fire in their mistress that would never diminish and thus make life even more intolerable. This is evident when we read: “The mistress, who ought to protect the helpless victim, has no other feelings towards her but those of jealousy and rage (Jacobs, 26). This type of behavior and jealousy is emphasized many times through Jacobs’ own accounts as portrayed by Linda in the book. Her own master, Dr. Flint, tried many a time to convince Linda to be his mistress, even building a cottage just for her. Desperately, Linda gets pregnant by a white gentleman to avoid more calls from her master but is only met with jealousy and even greater affliction. After the birth of Linda’s second child, Dr. Flint’s obsession with Linda is limitless: “You are mine; and you shall be mine for life. There lives no human being that can take you out of slavery. I would have done it; but you rejected my kind offer (Jacobs,
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