Olaudah Equiano 's Narrative Of Olaudah Essay

780 Words Mar 21st, 2016 4 Pages
In the Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano, Olaudah depicts slave trade in the 1700’s for what it really was. In the narrative, he speaks on kidnappers, the brutal treatments and hardships slaves had to endure, and even being free was still an extremely worrisome life to live. The narrative is questionable because some things just don 't add up but is accurate for the most part. It did help in fact, abolish slavery because it was one of the first slave narratives. It does not “skip” significant historical facts because Olaudah was writing about his life and it’s supposed to be based on his personal experiences and not just things that could have been important down the road. To be brief, the narrative of Olaudah, shines light on what the slave trade really was, debatable but mostly factual, and is based on Olaudah’s life.
First, Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa spoke on kidnappers, brutal treatments and how even free slaves had live life cautiously. He speaks on how his own people would even kidnap kids and sell them into slavery when the adults were away. Primary source, John Barbot, witnessed this first hand. “Abundance of little Blacks of both sexes are also stolen away by their neighbors”, he said in Collection of Voyages and Travels. To add on, In chapter five of the narrative, Olaudah mentions slaves being hung then burnt, getting body parts amputated as a punishment, and little girls younger than ten years old getting raped. Those do not even sound like…

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