The Life Of Olaudah Equiano, And Gustavus Vassa, The African Written By Himself

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Many slaves have been treated brutally by white men and Christians; as a result, slaves created slaves narratives to advocate for antislavery and better treatment. One example of a slave narrative is The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, The African Written by himself, published in 1789. Olaudah Equiano, the narrator of the speech narrative, is an African-American who was a captured at a young age from his own race. In addition, he was sold into the slave trade by immoral men. He is determined to become free, and to advocate for anti-slavery. Despite being a minority in society, he hopes that his use of pathos and vivid descriptions will help persuade white men and Christians to realize that African-American slaves are human too; therefore, slavery should not be cruel. Equiano’s childhood was fulfilled with love and care from a big family of nine; more importantly, he hopes to persuade superior men on how the slave trade was a drastic life transition by using pathos (690). In the life of Equiano, being captured at a young age has affected him emotionally, for he states “[at] the age of eleven...an end was put to my happiness” (690). Like any other child, he feels scared and overwhelmed, for he has lost his family. He will not have a taste of freedom again, unless he fights for it. In this case, it may be intimidating to do so since he is young and inexperienced. Moreover, slaves do not have a voice, so their pain meant nothing to…

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