Equiano 's From The Interesting Narrative Of Olaudah Equiano

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Olaudah Equiano’s “From the Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano” is written with the intent of ending the slave trade and aiding the abolitionists’ movement. His narrative tells his personal story of kidnapping, being sold into slavery and his experience in the middle passage. According to this account Olaudah Equiano grew up in Africa with a large family. He was captured and sold into slavery at age eleven. As an adult he became an opposing voice to slavery. This autobiography was published in Britain, with the help of abolitionists. This gives a purpose to Equiano’s writing and the purpose is shown throughout the text as Equiano tries to expose the evil of the slave trade.

Equiano tells of two different types of slavery in his text. As he describes his family Equiano explains that “My father, besides many slaves, had a numerous family, of which seven lived to grow up, including myself and a sister, who was the only daughter.”(Pg. 2) This is the first mention of slavery in the text bringing in the idea that slavery did exist in Africa even before Europeans set foot on the continent. This concept is then revisited when Equiano is kidnapped and brought to another African country to become a domestic slave to a Chieftain. This slavery that he is first sold into seems to be civil and humanizing for the slaves, similar to an indentured servant, it is said that “This man had two wives and some children, and they all used me extremely well, and did all they could to
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