Douglass uses narration as his main rhetorical mode and keeps a serious, dignified tone throughout the novel. Frederick Douglass uses all three of Aristotle’s appeals, pathos, logos and ethos, in the novel. He uses pathos to show how miserable slaves were throughout their lives. For example he tells how mothers and their babies are separated at birth to break a bond of affection. Douglass’s mother, Harriet Bailey, once traveled twelve miles at night just to see him.
In Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, written during the mid-1800s, during slavery, Tom, a slave, experiences many trials because of his race. Harriet Beecher Stowe was educated at and subsequently taught at the Hartford Female Academy. Which makes this academy very important because it is not only where she began writing but where she was inflicted with most of her knowledge of how life was being lived. This academy was founded and formed by her older sister. As the academy seems to be sort of the family business.
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 was still a child at this point, but that didn't matter in her master's eyes. The curse back then was being a beautiful slave girl. This was wrong and shameful to hear for the others, but no one could ask the master to stop because punishment would be unleashed upon the being of truth. Linda had to coup with it for a long time, even if she was a girl, the master had no respect in those aspects. She was told to submit to him, and if not done so the treatment would get worse and worse.
In the book Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself, Frederick Douglass relives the memories that haunts his everyday life. Frederick Douglass “was born in Tuckahoe, near Hillsborough, and about twelve miles from Easton, in Talbot County, Maryland”. Frederick Douglass explains that he does not know the year he is born as well as how old he but speculates the year of his birth is around 1818. He does not know who his father is; however, he has overheard his mother, Harriet Bailey, say that his master was the one who got her pregnant. Slave owners often separated the mother and the child after birth.
Who was it who sympathized with him in his almost desperate love for this old house”. (Brooks, 37) The idea of not obtaining her father love and devotion, regardless of her constant support played a critical role in the way Maud Martha perceived herself. The stereotype associated with African- Americans also contributed to Maud Martha perception of her- self. Although she has proven to be a smart caring individual, the clouds that hummed over the black community formed insecurities with in Maud Martha. In the chapter
"If she'd been some miserable plain little creature, I don't suppose I’d have done it. But she was very pretty and looked as if she could take care of herself I couldn't be sorry for her." Priestley does this to show how flawed and corrupt the class system, supporting his socialist ideas and opinions. However by doing this Priestley also shows us that behind closed door the privileged personalities and morels are tarnished and are at a point where jealousy has become a justifiable reason to throw a girl out of her job without any regard to where she will go or her current
Shalondra McBryde American Lit 209 In Douglass’s Narrative, slavery “proved as injurious to Mrs. Auld as it did to Douglass.. Slavery had made both Douglass and Mrs. Auld’s heart hard. He had stated that she had a kind and warm heart but slavery had turned it to stone and in a situation where she would have helped a person in need she instead turn them away. She stated to teach him to read but after her husband told her the “right” place of a slave she got to the point that if Douglass was caught reading she would be angry and snatch what he was reading away form him. From the same conversation that his master and mistress had about not teaching Douglass to read, was when Douglass had felt the hurt and change of his mistress and this
Saint Monica In the circumstanced of Saint Monicas life she could have been a nagging wife, a bitter daughter-in-law and a despairing parent, yet she was none of those, she was actually quite the opposite of this. She was married by arrangement to a pagan official in North Africa, who was much older than her, and even though he was very generous, he also had a violent temper. His mother also Lived with them and was equally difficult as him, which proved a constant challenge to St. Monica. But she didn’t let that get to her and was still a humble good person. Patricius criticized his wife because of her charity and piety, but always respected her.
Harriet Jacobs for instance used the thought of someday freeing her children to drive her throughout the book and decide on what is best for them as a whole, maybe not immediately but eventually. She views slavery as worse than death, thus she feels disgusted that she brought her children into the world of slavery, “It seemed to me I would rather see them killed then have them given up to his power.” (Jacob’s 68) Frederick Douglass on the other spectrum of slavery was a man who had no children, and never had to suffer the physiological abuse of rape, and sexual harassment, but this did not make his slavery or his journey to freedom any easier. But it seems as though the small tastes of freedom he had experienced in Baltimore were the driving motives for Frederick Douglass. He always had a desire for more, “The fact that he gave me any part of my wages was proof, to my mind, that he believed me be entitled to the whole of them. I always felt worse for having received anything; for I feared that the giving me a few cents would ease his conscience, and make him feel himself to be a pretty honorable sort of robber” (Douglass 108) It is this ongoing understanding by both characters that they are unique and deserve much more, as in Frederick Douglass’ case these samples of freedom he was given were not taken as a sign of improvement but instead a reminder that he was a man and deserved