Olaudah Equiano And The African

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Kristy Derrett
History 1310
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Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, The African. Written by Himself. (London: The Project Gutenberg eBook, 2005)

In his book, The Interesting Narrative of the Life Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, The African. Written by Himself, Olaudah Equiano describes his life from the time he was captured and enslaved at a young age to his journey to freedom. Throughout his book he recalls his culture back in Africa and compares it with the strange, and obscure observations of his experience during his time as a slave. Equiano sometimes struggles with his thoughts on slavery and his particular situations sometimes contradict his judgments. During his time as a slave, Equiano faces a journey that challenges him mentally, physically, and spiritually. Through his journey, Equiano finds that the pathway to freedom is through intellectual development, and his new religious finding of God through the bible. To make his argument, Olaudah Equiano starts his narrative by describing the village he was from and their customs so that his readers can understand his background. Equiano was from the village where in his culture “manners are simple, and luxuries are few”. (53) His village is known as Essaku in the Kingdom of Benin, Africa. In his village, Equiano was not aware of those who did not look like him. He had never heard or seen of white people. Though he did not know of white people, he already…
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