Comparative Evaluation in Slave Life: Harriet Jacobs and Frederick Douglass

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This paper is a comparative evaluation I did between the autobiographical experiences of two former slaves, Harriet Jacobs and Frederick Douglass. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs and the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass, were both written during the same time period (the former in 1861, the latter in1856). These two books are compelling works of African American Literature. They are depressing but at the same time hopeful, discouraging but uplifting. Both authors go into many aspects concerning the brutality of slavery, but I have thoroughly reviewed and am about to go over only a few in this analysis. Some of the more pertinent issues are a slaves childhood, the effect of gender on …show more content…

However, no matter how many times he tried, he could never get her to submit to his will. After exhausting those two methods, he would then resource to a third method. In this attempt, he got Linda to watch over his baby daughter, or Linda's actual mistress, while she was asleep. This would require Linda to sleep in the same room as Emily, the daughter. Once Dr. Flint got her to do this, he then planned to move his daughter's bed into his own bedroom; this would be so Linda and Dr. Flint could be in the same room at night and so he could have his way with her. However, Mrs. Flint was in an adjoining room where she could watch Linda all the time, including in the middle of the night. Because of Linda's jealous mistress nothing came out of this predicament, however Linda did start to fear her mistress' hatred for her. Because Dr. Flint took a sexual liking to Linda, she saw in Linda all of her marital problem's rolled up into one, and this caused her to treat Linda with the utmost indecency, and with a complete disregard for the truth. But one of the hardest moments in Linda's life is when Dr. Flint presents Linda with an offer that would let her children go free. He would build her a little house to live in and he would let her children go free if she would willingly become his mistress. Linda denied his request, because it went against her Christian principles and because she was probably afraid of Mrs. Flint. Dr. Flint then sent her to his son's