Olaudah Equiano 's Journey Of Being Enslaved

1875 Words Oct 7th, 2016 8 Pages
Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative depicts one man’s journey of being enslaved to finally obtaining his freedom. The autobiography begins with the narrator transporting the reader back to his early youth. Equiano provides a very detailed description of his village life in Eboe, Africa. However, Equiano life and freedom is quickly taken from him, as he is snatched and thrust into the chains of slavery. Along Equiano enslavement he experiences religion, theories of the enlightenment and the brutally of slavery before he is finally able to obtain his freedom. Equiano experiences through enslavement led to his enlighten optimism and his evangelic pessimism. The controversy surrounding the historiographical authenticity of Equiano experience of enslavement can be linked to the influential authorship within the eighteenth century.
The Enlightenment era was truly an age that was profoundly influenced by seventeenth century philosophers such as Newton, Locke, and Descartes. It was considered the age of education, progressiveness, equality, freedom, liberation, and social changes that would venture into the eighteenth century. Within Equiano’s narrative there is an ever present theme of freedom, equality, and liberation. Equiano enslavement was indeed very traumatic as a youth, yet as a result it left him very optimistic, a belief he will one day obtain his freedom. He truly does not accept the notion of his enslavement for life. It is toward the sixth chapter that Equiano is…
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