The Interesting Narrative Of The Life Of Olaudah Equiano

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In Hotel California, the Eagles sing “We are all just prisoners here, of our own device”, meaning most human beings feel somehow trapped by their circumstances, situations, or habits . Change is hard and often doesn’t provide the happiness that the person seeking the change thought that it would provide, leading to frustration and discontentment. Everyone dreams of changing aspects of their life, its human nature to think “If I was just more attractive”, “If my child just wasn’t handicapped”, or in the case of Equiano “ If I could just be free” then I would be happy. What stands out in the book The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, is that Equiano does appreciates the changes, learns all that can, embraces a new culture, and is happy and fulfilled. Equiano argues the evils of slavery, and desperately wishes slavery didn’t exist, but he is not concerned with righting the wrongs of the past and obtaining restitution for his time as a slave. This is in direct contrast with the civil rights leaders of today who seem very focused on reminding the population that African Americans were and continue to be mistreated. They need the mistreatment to continue, in a way, because that is how they have built their careers’. Equiano does not seek retribution and dwell on the negative past. He moves on. Throughout the book, Equiano’s situation changes, but more importantly he changes on the inside, and this allows him to continue to learn new skills, adjust to…
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