Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

First, briefly discuss the historical importance of the American slave narrative as literary genre using Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

Next, cite an event, image/descriiption, or passage of dialogue from the selected chapters made the greatest impression on you, and explain why.

Finally, address any one of the prompts below in your main response.

***Jacobs repeatedly refers to religion, specifically Christianity, in her text. Use examples from the text to illustrate her views of religion. What is the effect of these references on the overall message of the text?

***We rightly view Jacobs’ narrative as a story about slavery- but how is it also a woman’s story? In other words, what does it have to say about gender and inequality that aren’t tied to slavery alone?

***How is Jacobs’ text a story about family? Specifically, how do family ties inform the meaning and in some cases influence the action?

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