Challenges In A Narrative Of The Life Of Olaudah Equiano

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Everyone experiences moments of suffering at one point in their lives. These moments can be referred to as obstacles. These obstacles, when not overcome, can be detrimental to the physical and mental well being of someone. In A Narrative of the Captivity, Mary Rowlandson describes being a Puritan captured by Indians as a result of King Philip’s war during the 17th century. Not only did she have to live alongside the Indians as a prisoner, but she was also captured and separated from her children. In The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Equiano and his sister were kidnapped and traded among various households as servants. Every time Equiano managed to ease the pain, he was deprived from the alleviation, such as the time he was separated from his sister. Both authors suffered a great amount due to the fact that they lost important people in their lives and were filled with terror at the mere thought of being held captive. The difference between these two stories is the means they use to try to overcome their obstacles. Rowlandson and Equiano were filled with terror as they were taken from everything they had ever known and were forced to live with complete strangers. Rowlandson had to live with the Indians, all the while holding her dying daughter in her lap and with no knowledge of where her other two children were. A mother’s most important priority is protecting her children and not being able to do so must have been driving her insane and filling her
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