While Equiano describes the practice of slavery as common among his own people, he contrasts slavery within Africa to the brutal racial hierarchy established by white Europeans. He obtained a job working for a scientist in England, while also traveling as an abolitionist and public speaker. Their skills extended to divining jealousy, theft, and poisoning. For instance, he observes that he became very fond of the English culture and prided himself about his ability to write and speak the language. King and returned to England. A biography of Equiano, information on the historical background, commentary by Prof. Dancing was a huge part of the culture within the kingdom.
During stopovers in England, Captain Pascal sends Equiano to wait upon two sisters known as the Miss Guerins. For example, Equiano was onboard a vessel when a brutal gust of wind overtook the ship. GradeSaver, 9 September 2012 Web. Much of Equiano's information is very factual, rather than subjective and emotional, thus resembling travel literature. Poison was of particular concern to the natives, and they took many precautions to discern that the things they purchased and consumed were safe. He discusses several writers who explore this connection, calling special attention to Dr. Equiano was criticized for his role in this failure, but he protests quite firmly that he was blameless.
King was a kind master, and Equiano worked diligently and cheerfully for him. He persuades his master to baptize him. It was generally reviewed favorably. Eventually he wanted to return to England, but once again he found himself stymied by betrayals and cruel treatment by white captains. Lovejoy disputes Carretta's claim that Vassa was born in South Carolina because of Vassa's knowledge of the Igbo society. Slaves were also present in the kingdom, but in Eboe, only slaves who were prisoners of war or convicted criminals were traded. Ogude compares Equiano and Astley on the topic of cleanliness and women, and finds many conspicuous similarities.
These Christians seemed far holier than many of those he knew in England. He begins with a history of the district where he was born: Eboe, in the kingdom of Benin, which was part of Guinea. Under Doran, Equiano traveled to the West Indies, where the subjugated state of the slaves there deeply affected him and reminded him of his own enslavement. From there he went to , where he was purchased by a sea captain, Michael Henry Pascal, with whom he traveled widely. Equiano slowly recovers and gets back to work. Also A brief teachers' guide, ed.
In service to Captain Pascal and subsequent merchant masters, Equiano traveled extensively, visiting England, Holland, Scotland, Gibraltar, Nova Scotia, the Caribbean, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and South Carolina. Irving and attempts to make his way back to England by hiring out on sloops who promise him passage to Jamaica p. All the swearers on board now began to call on the God of Heaven to assist them: and sure enough, beyond our comprehension he did assist us, and in a miraculous manner delivered us! During this time Equiano started working as a sailor and selling and trading items like gin and tumblers. He is very passionate about the hardships that memoir writers go through. Slave Narrative The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano has many elements of the slave narrative, which was a type of memoir written by former slaves or stories about slavery from the perspective of the slave. Still, King and Farmer cajoled him into staying with them as an employee, to which he agreed. Two of the main themes of the Eboe religion were cleanliness and decency.
According to his own account, Equiano was kidnapped at age 11 and taken to the. Eight editions were printed during the author's lifetime, and it was translated into Dutch and German. The Europeans saw them as inferior because they were ignorant of the European language, history, and customs. It became clear to him that good works alone could not procure the free gift of grace and salvation that God provided. Equiano returns to London with Dr. Equiano hides in the shrubbery and woods surrounding his master's village, but after several days without food, steals away into his master's kitchen to eat. Religion thus permeated every aspect of his life and was crucial to his fashioning of his identity.
King's philosophy was: the better fed the slave; the harder the slave would work. During their spring 1757 voyage to England, Pascal renames the eleven-year-old Equiano Gustavus Vassa, and Equiano forges a friendship with a white American boy named Robert Baker, which lasts until Baker's death two years later. After a time, Equiano grew restless and decided he could make more money at sea, so he worked on a number of voyages. They cooked many variations of vegetables and flesh, and always washed their hands before consuming their meals. In particular, he located two documents disproving Equiano credibility. Their principal luxury consisted of perfumes.
He himself was subsequently taken to Virginia, where he was isolated on a plantation. After he settled in , he became an active abolitionist, agitating and lecturing against the cruelty of British slave owners in Jamaica. Richard became a companion and interpreter for Equiano because he didn't understand the language everyone else was speaking. Through Equiano's own experiences… 901 Words 4 Pages the book The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano, in which the author recounts his experience as a slave going through the Middle Passage. . The kingdom was made up of many musicians, singers, poets, dancers, and artists.
While he describes the abuse which he and the other slaves experienced, he writes about his journeys in a more sentimental tone. In this situation I expected every hour to share the fate of my companions, some of whom were almost daily brought upon deck at the point of death, which I began to hope would soon put an end to my miseries. He and a companion were trying to sell limes and oranges that were in bags. Equiano describes his father who was an Embrenche, which is a chief or a respect leader in the community who helped decide conflicts and punished crimes. While this could have made for exciting literature or sociology in its own right, it might have been less effective towards gaining support for his cause. From Reading About the World Volume 2. I asked all I could about it; and they gave me to understand it was worshipping God, who made us and all things.
Equiano met Daniel Queen while working for his Master and he quickly became a big part of his life. He received some education before he bought his own freedom in 1766. Farmer allowed Equiano to develop his own commercial activities: starting with three pence, Equiano slowly built up savings and goods to trade himself. Epistolary Form and Point of View The narrative begins in the epistolary form, which is a form of narrative that's told through letters; this is something you might have seen in modern novels like Bridget Jones' Diary, World War Z, or The Martian. He concludes with a powerful rhetorical argument against the slave trade, calling on the Christian feelings of the British and making economic and commercial arguments for abolishing slavery and opening Africa up to British goods and products.