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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano Essay

  • Submitted by: mmuuttee
  • on September 18, 2012
  • Category: History
  • Length: 430 words

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The interesting Narrative of the life of Olaudah Equiano written by Olaudah Equiano himself who also known as Gustavus Vassa is an autobiography covers his entire life journey. The author once said in the book "I believe there are a few events in my life which have not happened to many". Indeed, the experience of the slavery Olaudah suffered in his early years and the world- trip has revealed to the readers the very true facts about the past as well as the cruel side of the society of the time.
  In the first chapter, the author started with his account of his native African culture including clothing, food, religion practice, etc. The author offered an impression of native’s natural and simple life just like any human kind’s ancestors would have had. In doing so, Equiano argues against slavery as an affront to all humans: "Let the polished and haughty European recollect that his ancestors were once, like the Africans, uncivilized, and even barbarous. Did Nature make them inferior to their sons? and should they too have been made slaves? Every rational mind answers, No" (p43).
  By reading more about “Middle Passage”, as Equiano described in the book, “the journey across the Atlantic Ocean that brought enslaved Africans to North America”, it has revealed to me more about harsh treatment to slaves at that time. “I have seen a negro beaten till some of his bones were broken, for even letting a pot boil over. ” “Nothing is more common than for the white people on this occasion to take the grass from them without paying for it; and not only so, but too often also, to my knowledge, our clerks, and many others, at the same time have committed acts of violence on the poor, wretched, and helpless females”(p69). Such cruel treatment was happening in every place where slaves were purchased.
  This phenomenon was also mentioned in the book when describing his situation in America. Indeed, the society of America in 1800’s, while it promoted the greater good for slaves, was...

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