Essay about Equiano 's Narrative Of Olaudah

779 Words Feb 17th, 2016 4 Pages
In his narrative, Olaudah Equiano appeals to wealthy, white Europeans. Assuming that much of the wealth in this part of the world was gained from the slave trade, it only makes sense that Equiano would have liked to inform these wealthy citizens of the horrors he and many other slaves experienced. In sharing his story, Equiano attempts to convince his audience of the fact that all humans deserve equality. The general understanding that he himself came to be in good standing as a free man is his main artillery in gaining freedom and equal rights for other Africans. He is no less of a human than his audience, and no more of a human than other enslaved people.
Throughout his narrative, Equiano pays particular attention to the similarities and differences between Africans and Europeans. He is initially disheartened by the Europeans, fearing to be eaten by them, and witnessing “floggings” of his people for menial mistakes. He frequently reminds his reader of his and his companions’ desires for death, “[hoping to] soon put an end to my miseries (Equiano, pg. 38),” and even witnessing several suicide attempts by his fellow slaves. However, upon learning more about Christianity, he realizes that many things his community believed in were also found in this new religion practiced by his masters—aside from the sacrificial rituals and thorough cleanliness practiced by his family.
Moreover, Equiano is surprised when he learns that not all white men are as cruel and frightening as the…

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