So far, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl has been a very dramatic piece. It shows the perspective of loosing your parents and realizing that you are in fact, a slave. All throughout her life she was not treated as a slave, but was protected from the hurt, and brutality of the masters. This all changed when her father passed away and she and her father had to come to the realization that they were in fact, slaves. Throughout chapters 1-7, Linda and her brother William face many challenges as they are new to being a slave and have to adapt to the slave life. As I was reading, I asked myself, Why would her parental influences keep this secret from her, either way she was going to find out, it would be the easy way or the hard way?
William and Linda looked up to their grandmother, Marthy who taught them all there was in life. One of the appeals that came upon in the text was Pathos. For example, “On one of these sale days, 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. I met that mother in the street, and her wild, haggard face lives to-day in my mind. She wrung her hands in anguish, and exclaimed, “Gone! All gone! Why don’t God kill me?” I had no words wherewith to comfort her. Instances of this kind are of daily, yea, of hourly occurrence.” This shows how Linda felt sympathy for the woman as she is losing her children and has no way to win them back, has no idea where they are going, and she may not see them again I can connect this to today’s society in which the men are being taken away from there family for some type of minuscule crime. They have no idea whether or not they will have any chance of being able to hug and hold their children and be happy with their family. Throughout the text thus far Linda is very obedient and does as the master asks of her, her brother not so much. There was a time in which he had to choose between his mistress and his father, he chose the mistress, but in failure to do what the master asked of him he was whipped. He back-talked to the master, but when it came to boys his own size he was petrified. The text states, ” He continued to discourse on his young master’s meanness; how he whipped the little boys, but was a perfect coward when a tussle ensued between him and white boys of his own size.”It is rather ironic that although the master is almost your age you are not afraid of him, but you are afraid of white boys your own size who can in fact, do nothing to hurt you. If anything, he should be afraid of the master who determines his fate in being treated semi-okay.
The feminist theory arises in chapter 4 when Linda realizes that her master tries to make her an object. ” When he told me that I was made for his use, made to obey his command in every thing; that I was nothing but a slave, whose will must and should surrender to his, never before had my puny arm felt half so strong.” This relates to the feminist theory because Linda is more than just a sex toy and more than just someone that can be violated just because she is in a fact a woman slave. Also, the feminist theory arises in chapter 6, when the name of the chapter is “The Jealous Mistress” . Instead of the women standing together in this chapter, there is a black woman against whit woman scene, the mistress is jealous that the slave is getting all of the attention from the master. “I was an object of her jealousy, and, consequently, of her hatred; and I knew I could not expect kindness or confidence from her under the circumstances in which I was placed. I could not blame her. Slaveholders’ wives feel as other women would under similar circumstances. ” The women should stand together and not be used as sex toys and only to pleasure the men in the society, the women should have stood together no matter who was getting the attention, because Linda was the slave and she as receiving the attention unwillingly. This connects to our society today because many women believe that they need to have sex to feel loved, that they can have sex before they are married, and they come to the realization that it was all the men wanted was sex from them, they did not want anything real. Woman on woman shall stand together and fight the fact that they are not just for the pleasure of our men.She is coming to the realization that “SHE IS A SLAVE”.
How are women so similar, but act so cruel to another? This is the question that emerged as I was reading. We all know that the slave supposedly gets the most attention, but when it comes to Linda, why is Dr.Flint’s mistress jealous. She must obviously know that he feels more affection for Linda than he does for her.