Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl Essay

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Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl Essay

topic:How much harder slavery was for women than men... I got a 75 w/o a work cited.


Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Essay

No one in today's society can even come close to the heartache, torment, anguish, and
complete misery suffered by women in slavery. Many women endured this agony their entire
lives, there only joy being there children and families, who were torn away from them and
sold, never to be seen or heard from again. Thesis

In the book, Incidents in the Life of Slave Girl, Linda Brent tells a spectacular story of
her twenty years spent in slavery with her master Dr. Flint, and her jealous Mistress. She
speaks of her trials and triumphs as well as the harms done to other slaves. She takes you
on the inside of slavery and shows you the Hell on Earth slavery really was. She tells you
the love and heartbreak she experienced being an unmarried slave mother. At around the age
of twenty or so, Linda escapes and ends up in very small garret only nine foot long and
seven foot wide. So small she could not even stand up. She lived in this hole with no
light, no fresh air, and barely ever moved for almost seven years. She finally escaped and
made it to the North where she and her children lived much happier and most of all they
lived free.

Linda Brent said, "Slavery is terrible for men, but is far more terrible for women." She
makes a good and true point, for when her life and the life of other slave women is
compared to men's, mentally, slavery takes a much larger toll on the suffering of women.
Women are responsible for their children, because the children follow the mother and
mothers often fill guilty for bringing children into the cruel world of slavery. As Linda
Brent expresses, "I often prayed for death; but now I didn't want to die, unless my child
could die too . . .(Benny) it's clinging fondness was a mixture of love and pain . . .
Sometimes I wished that he (Benny) might die in infancy . . .Death is better than
slavery". In the book Linda has mixed feelings about her children because she so dearly
loves them. She doesn't want them to suffer in slavery as she has so she wishes they would
die, but she loves them and she doesn't want to lose them as many slave mothers had. How
torn and incapable she must have felt as a slave mother. Linda also speaks of "The Slaves
New Year's Day", this was the time that slaves everywhere were sold and leased. Many
mothers were torn from their husbands and their children. Linda speaks of one woman she
witnessed, "I saw a mother lead seven children to the auction-block. She knew that some of
them would be taken from her; but they took all . . .(The woman screamed) Gone! All gone!
Why don't God kill me?" Linda explains that things like this happen daily, even hourly.
This is only a small piece of the torture it was to be a woman in slavery. Linda's master
often made perverted comments to her in which she expressed as to filthy to tell. He began
to fill her mind with awful thoughts and words. He often slapped Linda and kicked her
around. He was constantly threatening her and her life explaining that he would never sell
her and that she would be in their damily as long as he had an heir. When Linda became
pregnant with the son of a white man, he became very angry and he constantly reminded her
that her baby was to be his property, like a piece of land to be bought. When she had the
boy she named Benjamin, he was premature and she became very ill. She refused to let
anyone send for a doctor, because the only doctor that could treat her was Dr. Flint.
Finally when they thought she would die they sent for her master. He treated her and she
refused him as much as possible, but she lived and so did her little Benny, although
sometimes she wished he would've died. Almost three years later she had a daughter who she
called Ellen which angered him even more and when Benny began to run to cling to his
mother when he was striking her, Dr. Flint knocked the child all the way across the room
nearly killing him.

Linda finally escaped and hid at various places, in a white friends house, where she was
made very sick when concealed in a very damp place under the floor. She then remained in a
locked storage room upstairs until she found out her children were sold to their father,
who never really claimed them, Mr. Sands. He handed the children and their papers over to
her grandmother. The woman she was staying with finally thought it best for both of their
sakes that she left, because people were becoming suspicious. When she left they had no
where to conceal her so, they disguised her and she sat out at the snaky swamp for two
days while they were building her a small garret outside her grandmother's house. At the
swamp she claimed the snakes were so plentiful that they had to push them away with a
stick and the air was so thick with mosquitos she became ill from all the bites. They
finally finished and she hid out in the small garret that was about three feet in height,
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