Harriet Jacobs’ Narrative "I want to add my testimony to that of abler pens to convince the people of the Free States what slavery really is. Only by experience can any one realize how deep, and dark, and foul is that pit of abominations." After nearly seven years hiding in a storeroom crawlspace above her grandmother’s home, Harriet Ann Jacobs took a step that other slaves dared to dream. She secretly boarded a boat in Edenton, N.C., bound for Philadelphia, New York; eventually she reunited with her children and gained freedom. This young slave woman’s fight and faith were written in her autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself, self-published in 1861 under the pseudonym Linda Brent.
Harriet A. Jacobs (Harriet Ann), 1813-1897 Harriet Jacobs, daughter of Delilah, the slave of Margaret Horniblow, and Daniel Jacobs, the slave of Andrew Knox, was born in Edenton, North Carolina, in the fall of 1813. Until she was six years old Harriet was unaware that she was the property of Margaret Horniblow. Before her death in 1825, Harriet's relatively kind mistress taught her slave to read and sew. In her will, Margaret Horniblow bequeathed eleven-year-old Harriet to a niece, Mary Matilda Norcom. Since Mary Norcom was only three years old when Harriet Jacobs became her slave, Mary's father, Dr. James Norcom, an Edenton physician, became Jacobs's de facto master.
The book deals with various themes such as discrimination, separation, slavery, oppression and survival. The Book of Negroes offers a portrayal of slavery in all its horror. The story begins in the small village of Bayo in Africa where 11-year-old Aminata is abducted from her home, held in a slave pen, and eventually transported on a slave ship across the Atlantic. She is initially enslaved in a South Carolina plantation but is relocated many times in her life. Among the painful experiences she endures, she also has some hopeful experiences; such as, when she is taken to New York and the British get her to document information about the black people who have been sent away.
She goes on a life changing excursion to make sense of her difficult predicament. She matures and becomes the woman she is at the end of the novel through her relationship with T. Ray, experiences with racism, and internal struggles. Due to her loathsome relationship with her father T. Ray, the protagonist Lily drastically changed into a more independent and confident woman. Lily has finally built up the courage to leave her abusive father when she thought, "I knew exactly what I had to do-leave. I had to get away from T. Ray" (Kidd 41).
Then she had to survive on the ship for two months. To get to the colony she must lie to the captain and say there are people waiting for her. Her aunt and uncle really have no idea that Kit is coming. Kit finally makes it and makes a new friend. Kit makes an old lady friend named Hannah who is accused of being a witch and she must help her escape.
Over the course of the novel she learns to see past color and living with the Boatwright sisters allowed her to learn more about herself, her mother, and of course, bees. The first sign of maturity was when she ran away from her abusive father and helped Rosaleen escape from the hospital. (pg. 41-65) She was determined to find out what really happened with her mother and lead herself and Rosaleen to Tiburon. This requires a great deal of courage and boldness to find your way somewhere and you have no idea where it is.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is a novel about an African American woman named Janie and her struggle to find true love and meaning in her life. While Janie is the main character, her Grandmother Nanny is the person who sets Janie on her life’s journey to find happiness. However, Nanny’s decisions were based on her slave ideals and were not what Janie desired for her own life. As a former slave, Nanny had been raped by her white master and gave birth to her daughter who became Janie’s mom. When the white master is sent off to war, his jealous wife threatens to whip Nanny and to sell off her baby.
Unlike her mother, Always try and find ways to survived and destroy the slavery of America at that time. Cooper used a small family of Clora representing whole families of African Americans who were enslaved. Slave master were inhuman to abuse a slave and have many children in order to sale for money, for property. The story in the family makes us feel deeply about the hardships endured
Slavery The two stories “the pathway from slavery to freedom” by Frederick Douglass and “Flight and save retreat” by Harriet Jacobs are beautiful stories that shows the dark side of the slavery and give the complete image form the prospective of the people of different age and sex. Frederick story is the story of a boy who how’s the importance of education and struggle to learn. Whereas Jacob is a mother who ran away from her master to save them from getting apart. Both stories have many similarities in the way the slave owner behavior, as well as they have many differences as they were in different situations. Frederick starts from the time when he was a boy.
She was originally from an Arawak village in South America, where she was captured as a child, taken to Barbados as a captive, and sold into slavery... Parris, at the time, was an unmarried merchant, leading to speculation that Tituba may have served as his concubine. Tituba helped maintain the Parris household on a day-to-day basis... Tituba made herself a likely target for witchcraft...". Arthur Miller uses a lot of that data to build Tituba's character "The door opens, and his Negro slave enters, Tituba is in her forties. Parris brought her with him from Barbados, where he spent some years as merchant before entering the ministry. She enters as one does who can no longer bear to be barred from the sight of her beloved, but she is also very frightened because her slave sense has warned her that, as always trouble in this house eventually lands on her back."