Harriet Jacobs Narrative

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Trei Mitchell November 8, 2011 African American History Discussing the Narrative of Harriet Jacobs Who was Harriet Ann Jacob? Well Harriet Jacob was a slave narrator, fugitive slave, and reformer. Harriet was born into a slavery in North Carolina, Harriet's mother Delilah was the daughter of a slave named Molly Horniblow. Her father, Daniel Jacobs, was a carpenter and slave to Andre Knox, a doctor, and he was the son of Henry Jacobs, a white man. Harriet never knew she was a slave until her mother died when she was six years old. At that time, Harriet and her siblings moved in with their grandmother, Molly. Harriet's educations was very limited her grandmother taught her to read and sew, and her grandmother also firmly instilled…show more content…
Harriet Jacobs was a strong individual who didn’t give she stride to have the best for her children and Harriet Jacobs did what she could to have the best for her kids.the style and structure of Incidents to the hugely popular “sentimental novels” of the nineteenth century, many of which tell the story of a young girl fighting to protect her virtue from a sexually aggressive man. Jacobs knew that her contemporaries would see her not as a virtuous woman but as a fallen one and would be shocked by her relationship with Sawyer and the illegitimate children it produced. In spite of her embarrassment, Jacobs insisted on telling her story honestly and completely, determined to make white Americans aware of the sexual victimization that slave women commonly faced and to dramatize the fact that they often had no choice but to surrender their virtue. A recurring theme in, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, is Harriet Jacobs's reflections on what slavery meant to her as well as all women in bondage. Continuously, Jacobs expresses her deep hatred of slavery, and all of its implications. She dreads such an institution so much that she sometimes regards death as a better alternative than a life in bondage. For Harriet, slavery was different than many African Americans. She did not spend her life harvesting cotton on a large plantation. She was not flogged and beaten regularly like many slaves. She was not actively kept from illiteracy. Actually, Harriet always was treated relatively well. She performed most of her work inside and was rarely ever punished, at the request of her licentious master. Furthermore, she was taught to read and sew, and to perform other tasks associated with a ?ladies? work. Outwardly, it appeared that Harriet had it

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