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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

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Transcript of The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

By: Laura Peck and Marisa Chatman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olaudah_Equiano The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano Intro Purpose The purpose of this book was to inform
the public of the ways slaves were being
treated with the hopes of abolishing
slavery. Olaudah hoped that by informing
the public of what really happens to
slaves he could help with abolishing slavery and make an impact. Summary The author of this narrative is Olaoudah Equiano. It was written in 1789. This is a slave narrative, which is an autobiographical account of life as a slave. The main idea of this passage is the journey of Olaudah Equiano as a slave across the Pacific to come to America. Olaudah Equiano was a slave during the late 1800's. His narrative describes what he went through as a young male; being sold and having to ride on a boat for 6 to 7 months. He never knew what would happen next. His future was in the hands of rich, white men. He tells of the physical and emotional pain in this story. Olaudah Equiano "The stench of the hold while we were on the coast was so intolereably loathsome, that it is dangerous to remain there for any time, and some of us had been permitted to stay on the deck for the fresh air; but now that the whole ship's cargo were confined together, it became absolutely pestilential. The closeness of the place, and the heat of the climate, added to the number in the ship, which was so crowed that each had scarcely room to turn himself, almost suffocated us. This produced copious perspirations, so that the air soon became unfit for respiration, from a variety of loathsome smells, and brought on a sickness among the slaves, of which many died-thus falling victims to the improvident avarice, as I may call it, of the purchasers. This wretched situation was again aggravated by the galling of the chains, now become insupportable, and the filth of the necessary tubs, into which the children often fell, and
were almost suffocated. The shrieks of the women, and
the groans of the dying, rendered the whole a scene of
horror almost inconceivable." Passage Passage Description Q:How long is the original?
A: Six Chapters

Q:Do we have the whole book in our Eng. book?
A: No

Q:Why this selection?
A: It shows this trauma in
our country from a slaves view. Selection This passage describes the "cargo" holds in full detail and doesn't hold anything back. Olaudah gets really into depth of what life really was like for slaves traveling across the ocean. This passage was one of the most descriptive passages in the selection and has a very good description. Olaudah's narrative fits in the the "founding fathers" chapter in our book because Olaudah's book was one of the first slave narratives written. His was also the first influential slave narrative author and started making an impact on abolishing slavery. How does it fit? This book sparked slave literature, and encouraged others to soon begin writing their stories to get out the truth behind slavery. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano was the beginning of starting a new era without slavery. Though it may have not been immediate, slavery was soon abolished after many novels had been published. The narrative may have not been very influential at first, but it is known as the beginning of something that would change history. Significant? The biography is about Olauda's entire life. His life began in West Africa. He had a future in being a tribal leader. However at a young age, about 11, his family got separated as people captured them and made them slaves. He tells of the constant trips and auctions; hearing people sell him for small amounts of cash. He writes about the ten years he spent as a slave. Olaudah saved up money and finally bought his freedom and moved to England. He wrote his story for everyone to know what really happened. Summary of entire biography
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