Olaudah Equiano 's Narrative Of The Life Of Olaudah Essay

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Olaudah Equiano in his autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, is not interested abolishing slavery, but rather improving upon the treatment of slaves. Equiano suggests that slavery is acceptable as long as the slaves are treated well, and even admits to having a role within the slave trade. There is a distinction between the slave trade and the practice of slavery, and it is due to this distinction that Equiano does not undermine his argument with his admissions. Equiano condemns the slave trade because it fosters the ill treatment of slaves, and promotes the kidnapping of free Africans. Equiano wishes to repeal the slave trade in order to improve slavery. His argument touches on several pro-slavery ameliorist claims. Likewise his argument also aligns with the “grateful slave troupe”, that stresses slaves will work harder if they’re treated well. In addition Equiano is reluctant to condemn slavery entirely, because it becomes a way for him to assimilate into European society, and once he becomes a free man, he feels superior to those who are still slaves. Equiano therefore benefits greatly from the presence of slavery. While Equiano reflects the position of a free African in a European society. Equiano comes to acknowledge that ameliorated slavery is in some ways more beneficial, than emancipation, and his narrative of a slave turned free man reflects this.
Equiano’s narrative indicates that slavery is acceptable as long as the slaves are…

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