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  1. 1. Leena Ketkar
  2. 2. The New Master and Mistress <ul><li>“ This was blasphemous doctrine for a slave to teach; presumptuous in him, and dangerous to the masters” (19). </li></ul><ul><li>Having a slave who can think on their own and is capable of more then manual labor is a threat to their owners </li></ul><ul><li>Once slaves become educate they have the mental capacity to cause a scene and become unfaithful in their duties </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Slave Who Dared to Feel Like a Man <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” (29). </li></ul><ul><li>Cutting through the hope of the slaves, the owners are able to decrease the slave’s mental strength, making them even more valuable to the owner. </li></ul><ul><li>A slave who thinks nothing and blindly does as he/she is told is indispensible. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>&quot;Put your trust in God. Be humble, my child, and your master will forgive you” (36). </li></ul><ul><li>They must put their faith in God, because that is their only hope of being saved or freed. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Lover <ul><li>“ Well, I'll soon convince you whether I am your master, or the nigger fellow you honor so highly. If you must have a husband, you may take up with one of my slaves”(61). </li></ul><ul><li>To their owners, slaves could not have any emotions of feelings. </li></ul><ul><li>They could only act and feel as they were told to. </li></ul>
  6. 6. A Perilous Passage in the Slave Girl’s Life <ul><li>“ The influences of slavery had had the same effect on me that they had on other young girls; they had made me prematurely knowing, concerning the evil ways of the world. I knew what I did, and I did it with deliberate calculations” (83). </li></ul><ul><li>The slave owners unsuccessfully rid the slaves of emotion in feeling. Instead they mutated their thoughts to negative and harsh ones. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Church and Slavery <ul><li>“ Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ” (106). </li></ul><ul><li>Following the Nat Turner insurrection, the town thought it best to allow slaves a religious outlet to guide them. </li></ul><ul><li>Ironically, the church service provided on behalf of the slaves was sided in that it promoted subservience. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Another Link to Life <ul><li>“ When they told me my new-born babe was a girl, my heart was heavier than it had ever been before. Slavery is terrible for men; but it is far more terrible for women” (119). </li></ul><ul><li>Not only was Mr. Flint especially mean towards her and her decisions, but she knew that the child she bore would most likely lead a life of unfairness, similar to hers. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Flight <ul><li>“ I was about to risk every thing on the throw of a die; and if I failed, to what would become of me and my poor children? They would be made to suffer for my fault” (146). </li></ul><ul><li>Life as a slave was so bad that the risk of fleeing was worth it. </li></ul>
  10. 10. New Perils <ul><li>Linda’s uncle was jailed as she hid underneath the floorboards of her grandmother’s house </li></ul><ul><li>Then she decided to flee from the vicinity, and to try and go north. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Candidate for Congress <ul><li>“ My friends feared I should become a cripple for life; and I was so weary of my long imprisonment that, had it not been for the hope of serving my children, I should have been thankful to die; but, for their sake, I was willing to bear on” (192). </li></ul>
  12. 12. Competition in Cunning <ul><li>In order to keep Mr. Flint on nerves edge, Linda would write letters and have them mailed as if from New York City </li></ul><ul><li>“ The mayor of Boston won't trouble himself to hunt niggers for Dr. Flint. The letters will do good in the end. I shall get out of this dark hole some time or other“(198). </li></ul>
  13. 13. Preparations for Escape <ul><li>She had lived in basically a hole for seven years while the white world thought she had run away </li></ul><ul><li>She decides to finally run away before she too dies a slave, just as her aunt had </li></ul>
  14. 14. Incidents in Philadelphia <ul><li>&quot;they could not be had for any money. They don't allow colored people to go in the first-class cars“ (247). </li></ul><ul><li>This was Linda’s first taste of discrimination in Philadelphia, where she ended up after she got off the ship that helped her flee. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Fugitive Slave Law <ul><li>Linda learns that Mr. Flint is looking for her, so she decides to move to New England in the country. </li></ul><ul><li>That lasts only a month until she learns that he has ceased search, so she returns to NYC </li></ul>
  16. 16. FREEDOM <ul><li>“ But God so orders circumstances as to keep me with my friend Mrs. Bruce. Love, duty, gratitude, also bind me to her side. It is a privilege to serve her who pities my oppressed people, and who has bestowed the inestimable boon of freedom on me and my children” (303). </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Bruce buys freedom for Linda and her children, and she is forever grateful. </li></ul>