Olaudah Equiano 's Narrative Of The Life Of Olaudah Essay

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Olaudah Equiano, also known as Gustavus Vassa, traveled much of the world encountering a variety of people from different cultures and backgrounds. In Equiano’s The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, the author witnesses how slavery was imbedded in the economic and social values of his day and age, through the experiences of others as well as himself. Having numerous relationships with people of differing religions, socioeconomic statuses, and principles, he developed a unique viewpoint of slavery. Although an abolitionist, his view toward slavery was not initially radical. Equiano’s goal was to ban slave trade, but this goal did not immediately spring from his supposed capture in Nigeria, his native country. Rather, it was a continuous progression throughout his life, modified with every new experience he faced. Equiano mainly became an abolitionist because of the emotional and physical effects slavery had on him and his peers, the economic benefit of banning slave trade, and the human rights naturally given to every man and woman at birth, which he believed were conveyed through the word of God in the Old and New Testament. The callousness that Caucasians showed toward blacks, and even that blacks showed toward other blacks, deeply troubled Equiano. Blacks were viewed as subhuman, not able to survive on their own. These attitudes were not only painful to view because of the pain and suffering that blacks endured, but also because it psychological
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