The Agony Of The Slaves In The Classic Slaves Narrative

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The Classic Slave Narratives is a compilation of different authors that experienced slavery at first hand. Authors like Frederick Douglas, Mary Prince and Harriet Jacobs bring their experiences where, themselves narrate how it was, being born as a slave, growing up as a slave, and endure all the obstacle but find Freedom at last. Throughout the narratives, the differences on place and gender made a significant difference on the treatment of the slave. The female slave due to the constant harassment provoked by their masters, while working and entire day full of errands, had generally a harder life than male slaves did. Gender wasn’t the only significant factor, location was an important detail to take in consideration, different places, different conditions on which slaves were forced to fulfill an entire day full of work. In this case the Caribbean probably had the worst conditions, a harsh environment, and the masters constantly, whipping the slaves. The Three authors do a beautiful job on portraying the monstrosity they had to endure, during early on their lives and before they reached freedom. All three of them had different experiences as slaves and the factors of Gender and Location but those two weren’t the only things that would determine what the slave would go through, the size of the farm where they would be enslaved had a lot of influence. The size of the farm affected the masters in a way that they would pay more or less attention to a single slave, the more slave they had and the bigger the plantation, the less likely they were to remember every single one of them.
Mary Prince and Harriet Jacobs are the female authors of the narratives, they both endure a pain not only physical but emotional. The trauma of having someone constantly harassing them, if not raping them would probably destroy female slave’s will to keep on living. “When they told me my new-born babe was a girl, my...

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