In the second half of the novel I found similarities to our previous reading.
Around 188-190ish he goes through an almost Crusoe-like struggle with god. Questioning if he was being tested and to what end, echos the questions and thoughts from Crusoe. Equiano’s endless slaving, even though he continues to be “free” is like Robinson being unable to escape his isolation.Its was amazing though when Equiano is faced with being ship wrecked. The white men drink themselves into a stupor while he figures out what to do, but then comes back for them when he could have let them die.
Also “The New World” is in a rapid boom. Almost like the gold rush, every white man is trying to get involved with the slave trade which few seem to understand. Equiano comes from a completely different society, but he understands the value of knowledge and is able to secure his freedom and becomes an adept merchant. This however is a double edged sword as he is smart enough to usually outwit those trying to re-enslave him, but it also makes him a target and bear ridicule from white men with less intelligence. This boom kind of reminds me of the whole “get in while you still can” spirit about “The New World” in Crusoe . Finally I really loved his view or hopes for the future which all seem to have come true probably with his assistance.