Equiano and Prince (Post replacing class)

I was really excited to wrap up Equiano’s amazing journey and dive right into Mary Prince’s. It is very interesting to read about the same type of story but yet they are so very different. First off, I think it is very interesting to see that Prince was born into slavery and comes to show more resilience towards the empowering treatment from her master’s. She is more stubborn than Equiano and shows more stubbornness to her lifestyle, of which, she knows no other world outside of slavery. Equiano knew of a world where he made his own decisions, did things he wanted to do and spiritually and morally did things very different. However, Equiano shows more of an interested acceptance at first to the new way of the white world, where all of his freedoms were taken away.

The two stories are very similar with the disrespect towards black people, however, in Mary Prince’s story she gets taken to an extent as far as sexual abusing form her white masters. Along with abuse, Prince finds herself liking some masters and being extremely afraid of others. She recognizes the things she learns from being a slave. She learned to cook and clean. I thought that Mary Prince’s story is much more gruesome than Equiano’s she talks about many beatings that are so cruel to the point where master’s beat them for no reason at all. It was not just the masters but the mistresses. It was intense to read and at some parts it was so cruel, I couldn’t even follow the story. When she talks about Hetty getting killed (beaten to death) I could barely manage reading it “Her shrieks were terrible. The consequence was that poor Hetty was brought to bed before her time, and was delivered after severe labour of a dead child. She appeared to recover after her confinement, so far that she was repeatedly flogged by both master and mistress afterwards; but her former strength never returned to her. Ere long her body and limbs swelled to a great size; and she lay on a mat in the kitchen, till the water burst out of her body and she died. All the slaves said that death was a good thing for poor Hetty; but I cried very much for her death.” 

There are many significant similarities between Equiano and Prince but it should be noted that being a woman and a black slave is the lowest social status one could be in this time period. Prince’s story is very eye-opening for me and it makes me upset reading about her treatment and other female slaves of the time period. 


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