November 10, 2011
Harriet Jacobs first started her writting in 1853. She began writting to tell her story about being a slave to men, and the birth of her first child. In her story 'Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl', she uses many different stratagies to really bring her point accross, and tell the story of her life. In this piece, Jacobs uses a variety of symbols to show the validity of her own life as a slave.
One of my personal favorite symbols that Jacobs uses, is the hideout space in the attic. Jacobs uses it as her prison, but at the same time a way that she can get a way. A type of personal space for herself. The attic almost killed her, she couldn't speak, or walk, but in her own mind, the attic is a place of freedom for her.
One of the other symbols that Jacobs uses in her story about being a slave to men, is the relationship between her and Dr. Flint. He is rude and hypocritical towards her, and all of his other victims. He symoblizes everything that has to do with slavery. He is the main reason for all the pain towards her in this piece, and he shows no sympathy for any of it whatsoever.
The final symbol that really stood out to me in this piece was the subject of Slavery in this piece. The way that she talked about the slavery, and the the way that she described the attic space. It really showed her sense of freedom, and passion, and all of the terrible things that she went through. The way that she wrote it was very moving, and emotional.
The piece 'Incidents of a Slave Girl' by Harriet Jacobs, she showed a sense of freedom, passion, and hatred. In the story, Jacobs says something that really showed me what more she went through, and what it means to her. She said: "Slavery is terrible for men; but it is far more terrible for women. Superadded to the burden common to all, they have wrongs, and sufferings, and mortifications peculiarly their own." That quote really moved...
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