Incidents in the Life of Slave Girl: Main Topics and Points Andrew Mayette
Power <ul><li>Slavery gave slave owners so much power that it made them wanting more </li></ul><ul><li>The power easily corrupted their morals, even making them sexually forceful on slaves </li></ul><ul><li>The unchecked power they had made them take advantage of their slaves, even if they were “nice” owners, they could change easily </li></ul>
Power cont. <ul><li>“ When he told me that I was made for his use, made to obey his command in every thing; that I was nothing but a slave, whose will must and should surrender to his, never before had my puny arm felt half so strong” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This quote in Chapter IV by Linda tells how Dr. Flint thought of himself and how he thought Linda totally belonged legally and physically to him </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ You are mine; and you shall be mine for life.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This quote in Chapter XV by Dr. Flint shows his feeling of complete authority and the pleasure he gets out of having power over Linda </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Do you know that I have a right to do as I like with you,--that I can kill you, if I please?" </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dr. Flint’s quote in Chapter VII demonstrates that he believes that he has the right to have sexual relations with Linda, and if she doesn’t consent that he has also has the right to kill her </li></ul></ul>
Restriction <ul><li>Slavery restricts all freedom from a slave physically, mentally, and emotionally </li></ul><ul><li>Linda is constantly being restricted of her wishes by Dr. Flint </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Flint denies her lover to buy her from him </li></ul><ul><li>Linda is constantly being sexually pursued by Dr. Flint against her will </li></ul><ul><li>Linda was restricted when she hid in the attic of her grandmother for seven years to avoid the restriction of being forced to live in a cottage in the woods for Dr. Flints pleasure </li></ul><ul><li>Benjamin was thrown in jail for months for disobedience before he escaped </li></ul><ul><li>The Fugitive Slave Act even restricts her when she in the North because she felt hunted and unsafe to show her face anywhere </li></ul>
Restriction cont. <ul><li>“ It was impossible to tell how near the enemy was. He might have passed and repassed the house while we were sleeping. He might at that moment be waiting to pounce upon me if I ventured out of doors.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This quote from Chapter XLI shows how confined Linda was even being in the free states in the North. She was too afraid to be seen by anyone for fear of being captured and taken back to slavery </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ The search for me was kept up with more perseverance than I had anticipated. I began to think that escape was impossible” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This quote from Chapter XVII by Linda is when she is hiding from Dr. Flint in the attic and scared that she will be found by him and what the consequences will be </li></ul></ul>
Physical and Mental Abuse <ul><li>Slavery puts physical torment on slaves with all the whippings, malnourishment, and poor treatment. Harriet Jacobs definitely made a point to show the horrors of physical treatment of slavery in this book </li></ul><ul><li>The mental abuse put on the slaves is just as worse as the physical if not worse </li></ul><ul><li>In order to get away from the sick games Dr. Flint played to try to sleep with Linda, she had an affair she didn’t even want to do with the neighboring white man </li></ul><ul><li>Slave owners also kept their slaves ignorant so they were smart enough to know what was good for them or what was going on in the world around them </li></ul><ul><li>The physical abuse of other slaves can mentally abuse another, such as Linda remember screams of other slaves having the flesh whipped of them as a child </li></ul>
Physical and Mental Abuse cont. <ul><li>“ A favorite one was to tie-a rope round a man's body, and suspend him from the ground. A fire was kindled over him, from which was suspended a piece of fat pork. As this cooked, the scalding drops of fat continually fell on the bare flesh.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>From chapter IX, Jacobs reveals some of the inhumane treatment of slave owners to their slaves. This isn’t even fair punishment just entertainment at a person’s physical expense </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Never before, in my life, had I heard hundreds of blows fall, in succession, on a human being. His piteous groans, and his "O, pray don't, massa," rang in my ear for months afterwards.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In chapter II the physical beating of one slave disturbs the young mind of Linda and greatly impressions her of how slavery is </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Some poor creatures have been so brutalized by the lash that they will sneak out of the way to give their masters free access to their wives and daughters.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In Chapter VIII this quote shows how the physical abuse of a slave would make them give into letting the slave master sleep with their family. This would damage the family physically, emotionally, and mentally terribly for the rest of their lives </li></ul></ul></ul>
Searching for Freedom <ul><li>All the slaves have a deep yearning to be free, but others did more to make themselves free when it seemed impossible </li></ul><ul><li>Linda trapped her self in an attic in order to keep her sexual freedom from Dr. Flint </li></ul><ul><li>Linda’s lifelong dream is to make it to the North and have her own home with her children and live without fear </li></ul>
Searching for Freedom <ul><li>“ The anticipation of being a free woman proved almost too much for my weak frame. The excitement stimulated me, and at the same time bewildered me”. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In Chapter XXIX Linda is running to the North and can sense the freedom coming that she has longed for her whole life. She feels the best she’s ever felt despite her terrible health, but still has sense of not knowing what is to become of her and her children </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>“ I and my children are now free! We are as free from the power of slaveholders as are the white people of the north; and though that, according to my ideas, is not saying a great deal, it is a vast improvement in my condition. The dream of my life is not yet realized. I do not sit with my children in a home of my own. I still long for a hearthstone of my own, however humble. I wish it for my children's sake far more than for my own”. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In chapter XLI even after searching to be free from slavery after her whole life and when her freedom is bought she is still not satisfied. Linda wants the freedom of having her own home and providing a safe place where she can raise her children </li></ul></ul></ul>
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