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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

Mary Prince vs. Olaudah Equiano: Gender Specific Slavery and the Respective Effects on Their Plights

An important distinction between Prince and Equiano’s plights is that the former was not able to share her experiences as easily as the latter. Specifically, the way the job of telling one’s story is not equally open to all genders due to the differences in education and opportunities. Although Equiano was uniquely successful in that … Continue reading

Eighteenth Century / Robinson Crusoe

Religion and Fate in The Interesting Narrative and Robinson Crusoe

While reading Olaudah Equaino’s The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings, I kept noticing the way he attributed both his fortune and misfortune to providence, and was not surprised when he declared it was an “all-powerful fate” that determined his destiny (91). However, his conflict between “not knowing whether salvation was to be had partly for … Continue reading