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To the Northern White Woman Hear My Cry Harriet Jacobs structures her own text - an autobiographical narrative told by Linda Brent a generated first-person narrator - with an awareness of framing and with attention to multiple perspectives Jacobs knows that context matters and that narratives frequently are contested The first line of the preface promises truth Reader be assured this narrative is no fiction While not naming individual slaveholders Jacobs is testifying against all slaveholders and the institution of slavery She intends to persuade the white women of the North to see through the South and its disingenuous conduct to hear her truths and her gruesome accounts and to conclude that slavery is a barbaric reality that must be abolished to end the pains of millions Jacobs often presents two different versions of an account to reveal the differences between adaptations depending on the framer and hisher agenda This approach reminds her reader to question sources and pay attention to who is telling the story For example when Linda Brent is hiding in her grandmothers attic her refuge for seven years while she plans her escape to the North she writes a letter to try to fool her owner Dr Flint into thinking that she is already in the North Jacobs includes both the summary of Brents staged letter to her grandmother as well as the text of a falsified letter with which Flint replaces it Jacobs includes Flints counterfeit letter in direct quotes and indented so it looks real but she precedes it with a discrediting introduction The old villain He had suppressed the letter I wrote to grandmother and prepared a substitute of his own 107 So the letter appears genuine but we know it is a phony Jacobs is fully aware of the many layers of representation here Flint invents a manipulative and phony version of the letter and the hidden Brent - along with the reader - is in
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