Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Essay | Life of a Slave Girl and Gender Identity

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Life of a Slave Girl and Gender Identity

Summary: Analyzes the novel, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet Jacobs. Compares the expectations of a woman in the woman of the 19th century to a slave woman's position. Explores how gender identity affected slavery.
In "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl", Harriet Jacobs writes, "Slavery is terrible for men; but it is far more terrible for women" (64). Jacobs' work presents the evils of slavery as being worse in a woman's case due to the tenets of gender identity. Jacobs elucidates the disparity between societal dictates of what the proper roles were for Nineteenth century women and the manner that slavery prevented a woman from fulfilling these roles. The book illustrates the double standard of for white women versus black women. Harriet Jacobs serves as an example of the female slave's desire to maintain the prescribed virtues but how her circumstances often prevented her from practicing.

Expectations of the women of the era, as stated in class discussions, resided in four arenas: piety, purity, domesticity and obedience. The conditions that the female slave lived in...

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