Essay on Credible and Conscience: Equiano's Effective Narrative
Much of Equiano's word choice within the description of the treatment of female slaves creates a type of accountability …show more content…
Verb tense also implies identifiable intent within this passage. In some parts of the narrative, Equiano uses past tense, such as "exercised", "obliged", and "discharged." This builds credibility because it asserts that it is an experience that Equiano and other people have encountered. He also uses verbs in the present tense, such as "commit these acts" and "I have even known them [gratify]" that imply that it is an action that continues at the moment that the reader is digesting reality of these acts. Although many of the verbs are in past tense, there is no implication that anything has been done to stop these acts. The one exception to this is the captain who "discharged [a] mate" based upon their gratuitous "abominations." The sad reality here is that of all Equiano's experience with the abuse of female slaves, he lonely recalls one man punished while all the rest are presumably out committing similar atrocities.
Another glimpse this passage provides