The interesting narrative of the life of olaudah equiano olaudah equiano (1745-1797) was an ibo who lived in what is today nigeria he was given a european education, and eventually, he became one of the most important and articulate opponents of slavery. Olaudah equiano book description: this is an account by a prominent african abolitionist, who was enslaved as a child in his village of essaka, is what is now southern nigeria after making it to england, he purchased his freedom and supported the british movement to end the slave trade. Olaudah equiano's narrative of in his life as a slave, equiano witnessed and was subjected to 'various interesting instances of oppression, cruelty, and extortion' (equiano, 1789, p8) in the latter half of his narrative, equiano detailed his conversion to christianity, freedom, and his work in the. As we read the excerpts of olaudah equiano's the interesting narrative of the life of olaudah equiano, or gustavus vassa, the african, written by himself keep in mind that the pages in the anthology are equiano's tale begins with vital information about his family and cultural background.
Source description: (title page) the interesting narrative of the life of olaudah equiano, or gustavus vassa, the african the text has been encoded using the recommendations for level 4 of the tei in libraries guidelines original grammar, punctuation, and spelling have been preserved. This edition of equiano's narrative places the text in the center of abolitionist activity in the late eighteenth century this welcome edition, ably edited by angelo costanzo, provides readers of today a generous introduction to equiano's life and times in a highly readable and informative format. Olaudah equiano created a record of the 18th century slave trade through his first-hand knowledge and experiences and the writing of this book born in eboe, africa, what is now nigeria, he begins by describing life in eboe and illustrates the cultural, religious, and moral aspects of african life as he. With this understatement, olaudah equiano begins his interesting narrative at the age of 11, olaudah equiano was the boy equiano was destined for a life of distinction in his society, when slavers kidnapped him and his younger sister his early slave homes in africa presented a humane.
The author attempts apparently to make his narration more dramatic to stress his sufferings and horrors he had to pass through in the course of his life however, the situation could be tragic but quite different from the one depicted by olaudah equiano, when he was stolen along with his sister. Equiano's autobiography, the interesting narrative of the life of olaudah equiano, or gustavus vassa, the african, published in 1789, is important for many reasons it is one of the very few texts written in english by a person of african descent during the eighteenth century. Angelo costanzo 's edition of equiano's the interesting narrative of the life of olaudah equiano represents a different kind of effort, an attempt to be competitive in the textbook market of canonized literary texts.
Olaudah equiano was one of the most prominent people of african heritage involved in the british debate for the abolition of the slave trade still look back with pleasure on the first scenes of my life, though that pleasure has been for the most part mingled with sorrow -olaudah equiano. In the life of olaudah equiano, olaudah was sold on a slave ship that came to the barbados olaudah worked for his freedom, and in the end 851 words - 3 pages the interesting narrative of the life of olauda equiano the narrative by olaudah equiano gives an interesting perspective of. His narrative, written in english in 1789, immediately became a sensation, and has remained a classic source for our knowledge about the european slave trade from the point of view of the slave in what ways does equiano contrast slavery within africa with the sort of slavery he encountered in the.
Of equiano's world view, including the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual content of his self-concept and his intention in writing the narrative life of olaudah equiano as a primary historical source, it is essential to realize that equiano directly embodied far-reaching historical and cultural tendencies in. In his hugely influential biography the interesting narrative of the life of olaudah equiano or gustavus vassa the african (1789), he records the appalling conditions of slavery and how youngsters would be snatched from their families in their homes in agrarian regions in africa, marched to the coast, shipped to the americas and sold if they. His autobiography, the interesting narrative of the life of olaudah equiano, written by himself, became a best-seller both in england and america equiano eventually ended up in the west indies, a region characterized by particular savagery on the part of slave-owners while a slave, he learned. When vincent carretta argued in olaudah equiano or gustavus vassa such claims were, as equiano himself knew, aimed at discrediting his narrative and, in the process given the fact that most of the information about equiano's life comes from the now canonical narrative equiano wrote.
Later in life, equiano devotes himself to the plight of africans and participates in an effort to return freed slaves to an african colony dismayed by the cruelty and inefficiency of the endeavor, he is dismissed from his post, but turns his attention to petitions and other means of advocacy instead. Olaudah equiano, a native of the african province eboe and author of the interesting narrative experienced the cruel and inhumane life of a slave from the age of eleven, when he was kidnapped by slave traders, until he reached the age of 21 he was subjected to a lifestyle so harsh that he often saw. Olaudah equiano by: sarah manning olaudah equiano olaudah equiano was born in 1745 in eboe, in what is now nigeria when he was about eleven, equiano was kidnapped and sold to slave traders headed to the west indies he published his autobiography, the interesting narrative of the life of olaudah equiano, or gustavus vassa, the african, in 1789 as a two-volume work.
The most famous slave memoir of the 18th century is a powerful and terrifying read and established equiano as a founding figure in black literary tradition. What comparison does equiano make between the 18th century eboe (igbo ) and ancient israelites equiano described his whole community (male and 7 contrast and compare african slavery versus racial slavery in european colonies in the western hemisphere how does equiano distinguish them.
Contrast both, the interesting narrative life of olaudah equiano and amistad are important stories about slavery in pre-civil war america because they both address the issues of slavery these gentlemen in the story made a difference in the slave trade. This made me fear these people the moreand i expected nothing less than to be treated in the same manneri could not help expressing several of the strangers alsoshook hands with us black people, and made motions with their hands, signifying isuppose we were to go to their country but we did not. Summary - olaudah and her sister kidnapped and brought to the forest - cannot escape travel for six/seven main themes - slavery & its destruction - mistreatment - loss of identity & life roots - freedom conclusion (+ opinion) olaudah equiano did a great job in reporting slavery & abusive. The interesting narrative recalls olaudah equiano's life and journey starting in africa, where he was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery equiano recorded his story to bring about the abolition of slavery, alerting his readers to the horrific situation endured by those who the interesting narrative was required reading on a black.