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Equiano

            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

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