The Interesting Narrative Of The Life Of Olaudah Equiano

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Olaudah Equiano, born in 1745, was a prominent member of the british movement for ending the slave trade and wrote an autobiography entitled, “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano”. Equiano 's main purpose within writing this excerpt from chapter two of his autobiography was to convince his audience to support the anti-Slave Trade movement, this is evident in his tone switching by the paragraph, his switch of style from a narrative to rhetorical questioning, and his liberal use of phrases that would create sympathy.
In this excerpt, Equiano’s tone switches at the start of nearly each paragraph. In the first paragraph, he is nostalgic. He talks of his mother and how he was, “... of course, the greatest favorite with me mother, and was always with her…” before mentioning the ways she would adorned him and care for him. He ends the paragraph with “... an end was put to my happiness in the following manner…” showing an end to his childhood and an end to the happy memories he has to tell. The second paragraph is afraid. Equiano describes the kidnapping of his sister and himself in more to-the-point sentences with minimal description. By using this strategy he can express more of the fear he felt at this time. In the third paragraph, Equiano feels better about his African owners than the white masters and sailors he describes later in the excerpt, invoking a sad and pitiful tone. He describes the first wife of the chieftain he came to be under as…
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