Equiano 's Narrative Of The Life Of Olaudah Equiano Essay

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Olaudah Equiano’s The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, written by Himself relives the story of a young man taken from his home in Africa and was put into slavery at the age of eleven. Olaudah Equiano 's quest of being a slave to buying his own freedom was accomplished by not only his physical work, but by both his religious views and scholarly ways. “Equiano is truly a man of conflict, and his feelings towards slavery are complex and sometimes paradoxical.” (Dias 5). Equiano was truly blessed to have the slave owner’s he did. He decided against slavery and makes an effort to end slavery by telling the story of his life and the hardships and evils of slavery. Equiano’s views of slavery are from his own account of being a slave and the religious views he picks up on his journey are both key factors that helped him achieve his freedom from the evils of slavery. Equiano was from a kingdom in Benin Africa. In his kingdom Equiano’s family was the higher class. His father was a chief and had the power in the kingdom to settle arguments and determine punishment for the people who committed serious crimes. Equiano was use to slavery, his family owned a couple of slaves. However, Equiano saw that slavery was different from what he had to experience. The concept of slavery between Africa and Europe was much different. In Africa, “At least slaves were treated humanely, although they had their freedom taken away from them: How different was their…

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