Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Jacobs Essay

Choose one of the following prompts:
1. Throughout this text Brent argues that slavery is difficult but that it is more difficult for women than men. What is her argument, and what is the evidence that she provides?

2. As was conventional at this time Brent uses direct address throughout her book. Why does she use this rhetorical device and how does it aid her argument?

3. In the narrative Linda Brent is a strong character but so are many of the people she introduces the reader to. Analyze three or more of the characters in this book. Develop a clear, unified thesis that applies to all the characters you discuss.

4. Brent argues against the institution of slavery and continues to prove its poisonous effect on both slaves and white slave owners. However, even when she escapes to the North, she encounters prejudice. Furthermore, in the North she remains fearful of being betrayed or kidnapped. Analyze Brents portrayal of the effects of slavery as an institution that negatively affects the entire country and all who live in it.