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Unformatted text preview: Samuel Castrejon Period 0 12/2/11 Syllabus Week #12 Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl 15) Harriet A. Jacobs wrote about her struggles and triumphs as a slave in her autobiography titled Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl . The focus of this passage of Jacobs’ life revolves around her escape from slavery under the ownership of Dr. James Norcom, her master who pursued her for year. In escaping, Jacobs faced her greatest internal and external conflict that dealt with her decision to escape from her master and maintaining the safety of her loved ones. On the night of her escape. Jacobs’ internal conflict becomes evident in which she states “I was about to risk everything on the throw of a die; and if I failed, oh what would become of me and my poor children” (427). Jacobs reveals that she will be risking everything to escape, but what bothers her, is her inner state of mind in which she is concerned more of the well being of her children rather than the well being of herself and her health. In the same passage Jacobs reveals her solution to her inner conflict “But now that I was certain my children were to be put in their power, in order to give them a stronger hold on me, I resolved to leave them that night” (427). In hopes of saving her family and loved ones from future suffering, Jacobs decides to leave without involving any of her loved ones in her escape. By doing so Jacobs resolves the anguish she felt when debating whether or not to include her children in her plans to escape. Her inter anguish is resolved, so in another words Jacobs resolves one of her early internal conflicts by secluding herself in her escape, but this solution to her early inner conflict leads to greater affects in Jacobs external conflicts. Attempting to her early inner conflict leads to greater affects in Jacobs external conflicts....
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- Spring '12
- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Slavery in the United States, Jacobs, African American slaves, Harriet A. Jacobs