This slave narrative was very unsettling, but a true account of the slave struggle during this time period. The reliance of Equiano on his master speaks to the difficulty of survival and independence in a society of slavery. It also interesting that Equiano begins his narrative by saying he was “more than compensated” for … Continue reading


Politics Politics

The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings of Olaudah Equiano has thus far seemed not as terrifying an account of slavery as some others I have read.  I do question the author’s validity in regards to his account, as he was involved in the British movement for the abolition of the slave trade.  Early on Olaudah’s description of … Continue reading

Eighteenth Century

Plus ça change

Satire has been used by writers, poets, and playwrights for millennia as a way to make incisive social commentary while also entertaining a mass audience. Generally speaking, satire can be classified as “Horatian” satire (named after the Roman poet Horace) or “Juvenalian” satire (after the Roman poet Juvenal). Horatian satire comes from a place of … Continue reading



Swift’s propensity for satire really takes center stage in his essay A Modest Proposal. If interpreted literally, the essay is disgusting and degrading, but when read the way Swift indented, it expresses his disgust at the degradation of the living conditions of so many Irish people. His sarcastic proposal serves to critique the incompetence of … Continue reading