You are required to write one book review for this course on a topic that is
relevant to the course material. Below are the questions that you must
answer in your response. In addition to the primary sources, you may use
your textbook for pertinent information.
Papers are due Friday January 24th at 11:59PM
. Your papers should be
, double-spaced with 12-point font.
1) How does Jacobs’s narrative measure up to Douglass’s in terms of
literary quality and style?
2) How did Douglass use traditional notions of what it means to be an
American in order to build his character and show that slaves could
be “real” Americans?
3) Douglass makes two crucial transformations in this narrative: from a
man to a brute and from a brute to a man. How does he achieve these
4) Evaluate the effectiveness of Jacobs’s narrative for white female
readers, her primary audience. For example, how would they have
reacted to her decision to involve herself with a white unmarried
man? Is there any way Jacobs “redeemed herself” after this incident?
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