Grandmother’s youngest son. Although Benjamin is Linda’s uncle, he’s only a few years older than her, and grows up alongside her and William. He’s impetuous and independent-minded, and from his boyhood chafes at his status as a slave. As a young man, Benjamin runs away, is recaptured, and manages to escape again. Grandmother is distraught to lose her youngest child, even if it means he’s gained his freedom; her sadness shows the extent to which slavery fractures families, even when escape is possible.
Benjamin Character Timeline in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
The timeline below shows where the character Benjamin appears in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Four: The Slave Who Dared to Feel Like a Man
...her enslaved children and grandchildren to “pray for contentment,” but Linda and her youngest son Benjamin reject this argument, feeling that it can’t be “the will of God” for them to... (full context)
When Phillip brings this news to Grandmother, the old woman is sadder at losing Benjamin than she is happy about his freedom. Eventually, she purchases Phillip for eight hundred dollars.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Seven: New Destination for the Children