The incidents in the life of a slave girl by Harriet Jacobs, carries a lot of instincts, enthusiasm and passion in elaborating the events of a woman’s birth into slavery, the sufferings she underwent and persevered under her subjects and the institution. The chapter avidly carries the reader through an exploration journey of deeply scrutinizing all the misfortunes the little girl was subjected to. However, the extremely heartrending story does not leave the reader in a compromising end. The readers find some form of relieve at the end of the story, after the now young woman eventually free herself and her entire family from the slavery bondage to start a new life in the north.
The story begins at an unusually high note. This is further enhanced through the nom de plume Linda Brent, the exemplary writer Harriet Jacobs starts her story by explaining her extremely happy childhood, that was brought to a sudden end through the death of her parents. The unfortunate disaster left the little girl a helpless orphan at the intimacy of Dr. Flint.
Linda’s life with Dr. Flint is seen to be an uphill task and rough terrain to tread on. Nevertheless, she forcedly manages to adapt the difficult life with the Flint’s mainly with the help of her maternal grandmother who is has been set free from slavery. Her grandmother is devoted to offer any kind of support to her orphaned grand children.
Every new day seems to come with greater and more challenges for the little Linda. As she approaches her maturity, Linda finds herself to be an object of her subject’s lecherous plans to sexually exploit her. His many plans to place Linda in compromising situations bore no fruit. Aided with Mrs. Flint protection plan together with her own personal resistance to Mr. Flint, Linda successfully evades all his treacherous plans.