The smaller story mentioned in the previous paragraph shows violence. The slaves endure sever physical abuse: “the head, neck, and shoulders of Mary were literally cute to pieces” (Douglass 50). A commonly known slave characteristic is the inclusion of gruesome brutality within a story. Douglass incorporates horrific cruelty in his story of physical abuse and therefore demonstrates an example of a slave narrative characteristic. In relation to the same example, Douglass mentions observing the temperament of his master: “I do not know that her master ever whipped her, but I have an eye-witness to the cruelty of Mrs. Hamilton” (Douglass 50).
Questions about race and racial prejudice arose and eventually led to questions of gender equality, all of which helped create the women’s rights movement as well as the abolition of slavery. The 1830’s were challenging times for the United States of America. After witnessing the horrific conditions that slaves endured daily, a growing group of free, white American women in the south began to take notice of the evil that surrounded them. Being wives, sisters and mothers themselves; these women found it heart-wrenching to see children so easily ripped away from their mothers and entire families torn apart without second thought or care. As females, they sympathized with these oppressed female slaves, for they could relate to them.
How does Linda -Jacobs-mature as character? First it starts with the dead of her mother, with that event, she realize that she was a slave. After this, her mistress got sick, she was sad, so she was sent to spend some time with her grandmother, there she started to think what will happen next. Some time after that, he arrived to a new house, she told that the environment was really cold, so that was something she didn´t like. This can show us that from starting being a little and happy girl, she passed to be a slave treated really bad.
Reportedly, on August 20th, approximately twenty slaves aboard a Dutch vessel landed in Jamestown and were then sold or traded into servitude in exchange for other resources; the first slave trade made in the Americas. Two centuries later in the mid 19th century, Harriet Jacobs, an African American woman born into slavery in the South, accounts for her experiences as a slave and the hardships she was forced to face in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. The purpose of her writings was to appeal to an audience of white northern women, in hopes of motivating them to participate in the abolitionist movement against slavery. Jacobs emphasizes her point by emotional and physical means, speaking of the hardships she had to face because of her masters, and her separation from her family. The basic description about the life of a slave is that it was very brutal and slaves were treated as property as opposed to normal people, and weren’t even provided the basic rights that someone should be given.
Throughout her life one would notice a pattern that shows the young girl developing the same signs of madness (within the marriage) in her adulthood that she had seen from her mother when she was eleven. It is important to mention that these tensions arouse after the 1833 Emancipation Act has been put into place, which may have been a main factor that caused frictions between the whites and the blacks residing in the early nineteenth century in British owned Jamaica. The decree of the Emancipation freed the blacks who were residing with the United States, not including those who were fighting on the Union side in states that were bordered or those in already in Union control in southern regions. This Proclamation was declared by the U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The act of enslavement arises in many forms on numerous events throughout the book.
They felt as though the more abuse they gave, the more power they gained. However, some slaveholders become so obsessed with the thirst for power that their actions lead to the deaths of innocent people. The violent scenes that Douglass presents are nothing short of horrifying. He reveals that slaveholders often got away with murder with out any type of punishment or jurisdiction. An account of this is when a slaveholder by the name of Mr. Gore whipped his slave, Demby, to the point where he could not bear it.
Frederick Douglass’ autobiography, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, is Douglass’ intricate retelling of the cruel and tragic abuse he witness during his time as a slave. Throughout the narrative, Douglass writes about some of the moments in his life that changed his beliefs, views and ambitions forever. Some of these moments include the moment his mistress taught him his ABC’s, the moment his master forbade his mistress from educating Douglass, and the moment he realized the reality of slavery. In Chapter VI of Narrative, Mrs. Sophia Auld, wife to one of Douglass’ masters, Mr. Hugh Auld, is, according to Douglass, “a woman of the kindest heart and finest feelings”. In the chapter, Mrs. Auld teaches Douglass his ABC’s and how to write a few letters.
The life of a slave is never an easy one, but the life of Frederick Douglass is an inspiration. We all know who he is, heard about him in history class, but his narrative is an eye opener to the horrors of slavery. Reading the book I could almost imagine myself in his shoes. I could see the plantations he worked on, and his various masters. I could hear the harsh words of Mr. Gore or the kind ones from Mrs. Auld.
Alice Walker, an African American herself, writes about the abuse of women in a black, patriarchal society, through the use of epistolary. She was born and brought up in Georgia, where the setting of this story takes place, thus having some of her own reflections stated in the novel. Throughout the novel we see the women are going through physical and mental torture oppressed by men and as the novel progresses we see new topics emerging, such as gender roles in a patriarchal society, support through befriending, and empowerment. Gender roles in a patriarchal society contrast each other, for the reason that men hold a much higher social status than women. Social position of women play a massive role in this novel, and one such women that tolerates such violence is Celie.
“Your fathers no better than the ******* and trash he works for!” (Lee 135). This quote was said by Mrs. Dubose when she spoke to Jem and Scout, which revealed that she was racist. The quote showed that she was racist because she felt that Atticus was wrong for defending Tom Robinson in court. She was an old lady, which believed that black people are nothing but trash, and should but treated as such. She went by this racist belief because when she was growing up, slavery was practiced.