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Harriet Jacobs in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl uses clear detail and straightforward language except when talking about her sexual history to fully describe what it is like to be a slave Jacobs says that Northerners only think of slavery as perpetual bondage they dont know the depth of degradation there is to that word She believes that no one could truly understand how slavery really is unless they have gone through it Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl do not only tell about the physical pains and hard labor that she went through It mostly concentrates on the emotional viewpoints on it and what it did to shape who she is When writing her story Jacobs had a clear motive Her motive was one of a political taking She writes through her experiences and sufferings to make it clear to people mainly the Northerners and more specifically white women in the North how slavery really is She does not want sympathy however she does want to arouse the women in the North to a realizing sense of the condition of two millions of women of the South still in bondage 460 Jacobs wants people to take action in antislavery efforts Jacobs in telling her story uses many techniques to make it effective Some of the techniques that she uses are dealing with the use of her language her selections of incidents and details and her method of addressing an audience Harriet Jacobs tells her story by breaking it down into sections according to different important aspects of her life In doing this each section is described vividly to give the reader a full effect and greater understanding of how it was to be treated as property Like was said before Jacobs does not want sympathy Jacobs would have rather not told her story but she believes it is important to in order to try to help people get
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