Olaudah Equiano Analysis

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In the Bible, the book of Hebrews states, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” (King James Bible, Hebrews. 11.1).The spiritual tones of “things hoped for”, plays a significant role throughout Olaudah Equiano autobiography, “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano OR, Gustavus Vassa, The African”. Originally published in 1789, Equiano’s narrative went through a series of revisions throughout his lifetime, finally becoming a bestseller. Equiano’s treasured writing depicts his personal accounts from childhood, holding the status of an African aristocrat in Benin, West Africa, to being kidnapped and forced into slavery in the infamous Middle Passage slave trade. While slavery, attempts to divest Equiano of his hope for freedom, his narrative asserts that spirituality and literary works produce its own liberty and identity in the world. From the inception of this narrative, the reader learns quickly how Equiano plans to escape the bondage of slavery. Part of the dehumanizing nature of slavery is to strip the slaves of their natural identity and substitute it with a falsehood that can be controlled and render them powerless. His autobiography shows us a slave who discovers how to obtain his freedom through his own spiritual empowerment. In Equiano’s introductory quote, his engagement with the reader expresses his profound confidence in God. He attests to his faith with Bible verses from the book of Isaiah. One reads

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