Olaudah Equiano Lesson Analysis

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Historical events help people understand what life used to be like in the past. These stories can be told in many different ways. They can be told through movies, narratives, and oral stories. In the narrative The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano, the author tells his story through an autobiography type of narrative. In Squanto: A Warrior's Tale, Squanto's story is shown in a movie. In both stories, Equiano and Squanto have been captured by the white men and their stories tell what they went through. Equiano´s and Squanto´s behavior during captivity, treatment during captivity, and their feelings after release have much in common but they also vary in different ways. Their behavior during captivity was very different because of the circumstances of their situations. In The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano, Equiano was very sick of the conditions he was living in. Equiano was in shock because of what was happening aboard the ship he was on. Between the stench, the sick people, and people getting beaten by crew members he didn't want anything else besides death. When Equiano states ¨Nor had I the least desire to taste anything. I now wished for the last friend , death to relieve me,¨ it shows that he not only didn´t want to eat, but to die as well (Equiano 85). While Equiano was helpless on board of a ship full of slaves, Squanto took more of an active approach. When the Pilgrims captured Squanto they used him as a circus act by making him fight a

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