*Treatment of slaves in “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” by Jacobs and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Stowe compared to the treatment of the marginalized communities in America today.*
In both “incidents in the life of a slave girl” by Jacob and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Stowe slavery is a theme that is greatly addressed. Therefore, they both bring forth a substantial analysis of the treatment of the slaves as well as presenting a comparison to America’s marginalized communities. The books significantly address the suffering and abuse the slaves endured during the slavery era. Unfortunately, marginalization of the minority communities is still ongoing in our world today.
1. The books’ setting
a) Uncle Tom’s Cabin – The novel has its setting in Kentucky in the mid-19th century, around a man named Tom and his family. It introduces a female slave named Eliza who fled to Canada after learning that her son is being sold because Canada was considered a refuge for the slaves because it had abolished slavery.
b) Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl – The novel has its settings around the author and her place of birth and childhood experiences in Edenton, North Carolina. It is based on Linda and her experience around the white and black communities.
a) Slavery is the major theme that is addressed substantially in both books. They address the quality of life the slaves were living, including the significant effects of slavery, had particularly on the women and their families.
b) Race is a key theme addressed in the novels, bringing forth the issues of inequality that existed in the society of that period more specifically between the white community and the African American slaves.
c) Women and femininity are themes that are well addressed by both authors through a vivid illustration of the significant effects slavery had on women and their families.
3. Symbolism and imagery are major aspects the authors utilized to bring forward a clarity on the differences that existed between the north and the Southern regions of the states. In the novels, the southern states represent slavery and impunity while the North symbolizes freedom and is against slavery.
4. Feminist theory is introduced in the paper to critically analyze and bring forth an in-depth understanding of the strength of the female characters.
5. Slave treatment is seen through the harsh and violent treatment that was inhumane and cruel on the minority communities particularly on their women and their young female slaves.
6. Psychological effects of slavery were rooted in quite a vast range of causes such as physical abuse, sexual assaults to separation from families. Psychological effects of slavery lasted longer than the physical abuse which is temporary and could be eliminated once freedom was achieved. 7. Marginalization in America occurred in minority communities such as the immigrants, the colored, female, or the disabled people, therefore the novels address the sort of treatment these communities would experience.
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