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The Slave Narrative Tradition

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The Slave Narrative Tradition Courtney Boyd AFS/ ENG 248 Sec 3 February 11, 2011
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“Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” by Harriet Jacobs demonstrates many thematic characteristics that are common within the slave narrative tradition. However, a segment from the fifth chapter “The Trials of Girlhood” demonstrates the thematic characteristic of struggle common within the slave narrative tradition. The segment exemplifies struggle by explaining the internal and external struggle that female slaves go through from when they were young to the time when they become of age. It touches on three points that demonstrate struggle within the slave narrative tradition; the hatred from the mistress, the curse of being a female slave, and the degradation of her pride. In this segment, Jacobs states that “Even the little child, who is accustomed to wait on her mistress and her children, will learn before she is twelve years old, why it is that her mistress hates such and such a one among the slaves. Perhaps the child’s own mother is among those hated ones.” Here, it shows how a young child can go through
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