Ross 1 Naomi Ross Mrs. Henderson English II Honors 3 Dec. 2018 Dialectical Journal: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Chapte r Quote Page # Commentary 1 “These God-breathing machines are no more, in the sight of their masters, than the cotton they plant, or the horses they tend” 16 (R) This statement shows how masters viewed slaves. Throughout this story so far, we are shown how little respect slaves are given. They are subhuman and it would be imprudent for slaves to expect actual rights. They are nothing more than what they can do for their masters. Linda has been through slavery first- handedly and made the right choice by writing a book about it. People should know what the life of a slave girl was really like. 2 “Moreover, they thought he had spoiled his children, by teaching them to feel that they were human beings. This was blasphemous doctrine for a slave to teach; presumptuous in him, and dangerous to the masters.” 18 (Q) I wonder how largely the way Linda was raised impacted her. The people around her taught her to stay strong through the pain so she could later, hopefully, overcome her title as a slave. I also wonder if more slaves had the love that Linda was raised with, would they have more willpower. Although, it is a miracle that there was still fight left in Linda and her family for they had gone through so much on a day to day basis. 5 “Soon she will learn to tremble when she hears her master's footfall. She will be compelled to 45 (E) Dr.Flint made extreme efforts to let his slaves know, especially his female slaves, that they are nothing to
Ross 2 realize that she is no longer a child. If God has bestowed beauty upon her, it will prove her greatest curse.” him. He made sure they knew that he owns him and they could do nothing about it. Dr.Flint is an example of an abuse of power and it is almost sickening what people will do when they know they can. Dr.Flint’s mention, however, is very necessary because he is not the only person of his character. His ungodly acts aren’t out of the normal for this time period. 6 “Yet when victims make their escape from the wild beast of Slavery, northerners consent to act the part of bloodhounds, and hunt the poor fugitive back into his den, "full of dead men's bones, and all uncleanness." Nay, more, they are not only willing, but proud, to give their daughters in marriage to slaveholders.” 56 (C) This quote exemplifies the Northerner mindset. Before learning more about the civil war and all of its horrid events, my general idea of the northern states was pretty positive. I had seen the “South vs North” as two completely different kinds of people. I assumed that the north was disgusted by the thought of slavery but this is not true at all. In fact, the north really didn’t care. I’m glad Linda included this information so people will be more aware of how the state of America really was. Slaves didn’t have much of a support system other than themselves and a few exceptions.
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