A STUDY ON BLACK FEMINISM IN HARRIET ANN JACOB’S INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL
Mrs. Jeyanthii Ravichandran
Head Department of English
St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, (Autonomous), Cuddalore.
M.Phil. scholar, St. Joseph’s college of Arts and Science, (Autonomous), Cuddalore.
Harriet Ann Jacob is an African-American writer, who absconded from slavery and was later disenthralled. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is an autobiographical novel. She portrays herself as Linda Brent, the Protagonist of the novel. Harriet writes of the horrors of slavery, dwelling on the theme of mothers being cut apart from their children and humanity...
She became an abolitionist speaker and reformer. Jacobs wrote an autobiographical novel, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. This book addresses the struggle for freedom by female slaves, explore their struggles with sexual harassment abuse, and their effort to protect their roles as women and mothers.
This work Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl first serialize in a Newspaper later it was published as a book in 1861 under the pseudonym. This work focused the female slave narrative. This novel is also considered to be a sentimental novel. This work explores their effort struggle with sexual harassment abuse, and their effort to protect their roles as women and mother.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is the story of Harriet Jacobs, who called herself Linda Brent in the narrative. Harriet begins her work by discussing her childhood. She does not know she is a slave until her mother dies. Her earliest years were not unpleasant, but when six she is soon given to the daughter of Dr. Flint and his wife Mrs. Flint. Dr. Flint was wealthy and cruel, and Harriet and her brother William found kindness only from their elderly grandmother Aunt...
Sand. Flint stated to scold her because of her affair. After seven years in the attic, Linda finally escapes to the North by boat. Benny remains with Aunt Martha, and Linda is reunited with Ellen, who is now nine years old and living in Brooklyn, New York. Linda is dismayed to find that her daughter is still held in virtual slavery by Mr. Sands’s cousin, Mrs. Hobbs. She fears that Mrs. Hobbs will take Ellen back to the South, putting her beyond Linda’s reach forever. She finds work as a nursemaid for a New York City family, the Bruces, who treat her very kindly. Dr. Flint continues to pursue Linda, and she flees to Boston. There, she is reunited with Benny. Dr. Flint now claims that the sale of Benny and Ellen was illegitimate, and Linda is terrified that he will re-enslave all of them. After a few years, Mrs. Bruce dies, and Linda spends some time living with her children in Boston. She spends a year in England caring for Mr. Bruce’s daughter, and for the first time in her life she enjoys freedom in her life. When Linda returns to Boston, Ellen goes to boarding school and Benny moves to California with Linda’s brother William. Mr. Bruce remarries, and Linda takes a position caring for their new baby. After Dr. Flint dies, his daughter, Emily, writes to Linda to claim ownership of her. The Fugitive Slave Act is passed by Congress, making Linda extremely vulnerable to kidnapping and re-enslavement. We all concluded by saying, "He...
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