Book And Memory : Gustavus Vassa, Alias Olaudah Equiano, The African

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In one of the articles titled “Autobiography and Memory: Gustavus Vassa, alias Olaudah Equiano, the African” by Lovejoy P, he discusses how Equiano’s book played a big role in abolishing the slave trade in Britain. He states, “The book was influential in shaping public opinion thereafter and therefore was important in the ultimate withdrawal of Britain from the slave trade” (Lovejoy, 1). This evidence proves that Equiano’s book in fact was to demonstrate the evil side of the slave trade. It also shows how his book was successful for the fact that Britain withdrew from the slave trade. The book was able to impact those who have a conscience and show how it ruined the lives of the Africans by stripping them away from their cultures, morals, and families. In terms of the literature device, when he discusses the war, he often uses the pronoun "we" to draw in his British readers. He forces them to confront abolitionism of slavery. Moreover, the statement makes the reader realize how badly they were treated by making the reader live through his experiences. Even if the slave was not in good health, he or she would be forced to work. The severity of the working condition of these slaves was unbearable; they were often worked to death. For Equiano to want to be dead shows how miserable his life might have been. Additionally, Equiano uses the education he received to promote anti-slavery to his readers. Everything that had to do with slavery was evil. Rather than a particular person…
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