The Narrative Of Olaudah Equiano

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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, is a personal autobiography of himself, Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, documenting the hardships of slavery throughout his lifetime. Equiano writes one of the best primary sources from a slave’s perspective and master’s perspective during slavery. Equiano does not hold back on the horrors of what traveling as a slave from West Indies to North America was really like. Olaudah Equiano shares his heart wrenching journey through the brutality of slavery experienced at such young age to him mastering economics and being able to free himself from slavery. Freedom and salvation are reoccurring parallel themes throughout this autobiography. Although Equiano’s story has been questioned…show more content…
Just when the reader had thought it couldn’t get worse for the troubled boy, he aches, “we were soon deprived of even the small comfort of weeping together.” Even after he shares with us that he has been thrown in a sack and basically deprived of his basic human rights, this was a new rock bottom for Equiano. No love, no shelter, no family. It’s the horrible details Equiano writes about that gives the reader mental images of him being torn from his family and village and sold into slavery with his sister in North America and West Indies.
It isn’t until later on where Equiano and his sister reconnect. Equiano weeps of deep emotion as he and his sister reunite, and persuades the reader how terrible the masters were for tearing them apart. “When these people knew we were brother and sister they indulged us together; and the man, to whom I supposed we belonged, lay with us, he in the middle, while she and I held one another by the hands across his breast all night; and thus for a while we forgot our misfortunes in the joy of being together: but even this small comfort was soon to have an end; for scarcely had the fatal morning appeared, when she was again torn from me for ever!” The context of this piece and descriptive, heart wrenching words Equiano uses appeals to the pathos side of his story. This emotional plea helps the reader grasp what it must have felt like to be reunited and torn, yet again from a beloved. It is the same
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