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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
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of Olaudah Equiano The Voyage of Equiano Mayflower Voyage http://animoto.com/play/OuEOmQ5XoTmRz1Qaik1iFw Pilgrims set off from England Mayflower Voyage Pilgrims are packed together in one ship Mayflower Voyage A terrible storm rages Mayflower Voyage The Beginning The Pilgrims arrived at the area now called Province Harbor, grateful to God Comparison In Equiano's journey, he was packed in the ship like cargo, the rest of the slaves nearly suffocating him. He was not allowed on deck during the voyage. Some slaves did try to jump overboard, but the ship turned around to get its precious cargo back. The slaves were even more worried when they got to the New World because they were to be enslaved by the brutal white men.
In the Pilgrims' journey, they were packed together, but they were able to get fresh air on deck if they were willing to brave the storm that raged above deck. The few that did were nearly thrown over, and a couple were, but these were few and accidental deaths as opposed to the couple deliberate ones that happened during Equiano's voyage. At the end of the journey, the Puritans were relieved and grateful that God had delivered them safely. A man goes overboard but saves his own life by hanging on to the topsail halyard Would Equiano's story be as convincing if he remained as a slave? If he remained a slave, he would not have known all of the opportunities of a free man. His story would be less inspiring to others. As a freed man, his story was able to inspire others and he became proof of freedom. Works Cited Beers, Kylene, et al. Elements of Literature Essentials of
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