DISCUSSION: We can support the critics by showing that Jacobs compromised her experience as a slave.
- CORRECT. This strengthens the critics, who argued that Jacobs dulled the power of her work by fitting her experiences within the conventions of domestic literature.
- This shows that Jacobs’ work had a powerful impact, even though it was similar to a conventional domestic novel.
- This shows that Jacobs’ novel was more powerful because it was a domestic novel. That undermines the critics, who argued that Jacobs’ novel’s impact was weakened because it was domestic.
- This weakens the critics’ point that Jacobs’ novel compromised its role as slave literature by adopting the forms of a domestic novel. It shows Jacobs’ novel was broader than that.
- If so, then this shows the critics may have been too narrowly focussed. They forget that a novel often has to be gripping to convince us of its message.
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