Events included by the Author
In general, a strict chronological format had been followed by the male narratives that focus on the life of narrators as the story has been related to his journey moving towards freedom from slavery. In contradiction to this, the narrative by Jacob created a focus on events of her own life. In addition to this, rather than following a strict chronological format, Jacob has interrupted her own narrative for addressing certain political or social issues like slavery and the church, or the effect of the Law on Fugitive Slave. In a consequent manner, the narratives had not been appropriate in accordance with the format of other male narrative.
The main themes followed are related to the economy of slavery such as, suffering, pain, struggle for freedom, self- assertion, self- definition, support of community, and loyalty of family. The writing has been used as a source of resistance, self- expression and freedom as well. The problem of literacy has been considered and used as metaphor in order to express freedom as slaves who learned to write and read, were often the ones who ended up running away. However, the writing does not stay intact to these themes as other themes have been included as well such as conflict of morality between Christianity and slavery, racism and color prejudice, loyalty of families and abandonment.
Even though Jacob utilized the style followed in romantic novels of 19th century in her writing, probably because this had been the only available model to her, the content tends to be creating a focus not on the events experienced by a fictional protagonist, but the events she experienced herself.