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While the author seems to admit helplessness in dealing with the slavery, the impression created is the slavery of separation between slaves. In other words, even though slavery was the order of the day, Equiano’s bitterness is on the incarceration the slaves have to endure. In this regard, the aspect of the write could be seen as one that embraces slavery but fights against separation.
The above conclusions have been as a result of the tone, language and the words used in the lamentations by the writer. For instance, the statement, “must every tender feeling be sacrificed to your avarice” is intended to show that even slaves had their ambitions which sadly had to be sacrificed to please the masters. Further, the writer laments that slaves are denied the chance to hobnob wherever they are. Therefore, usage of these statements and words show the aspect from which the writer is speaking.
Evidently, Neolin’s criticism in regard toward slavery is the tendency by the Indians to seize the resources of other nations. With strong language and seemingly preparedness, the writer is adamant that the Indians are focused on impoverishing others by forcefully seizing resources. Additionally, the writer is very vehement in criticizing the action by the said group to dictate what kind of food the locals ought to consume. Finally, there is strong element in the purchase of weapons from the Indians by the locals. The writer creates the impression that even without the group’s help, the local people would still live normally courtesy of their religious belief in God.
While both writers agree on the needlessness of slavery, the difference is in addressing their slave masters. While Equiano takes an approach that could be described as a rebuke, Pontiac seems to be prepared to fight them. Additionally, Equiano chooses to rebuke the oppressors using their own faith unlike Pontiac who uses his belief. Moreover, Pntiac goes a
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Just as my friend Equiano had his name changed, so was I and even after my freedom, I am still being called by my baptismal name, John Stuart. Indeed the atrocities being committed to my friend Equiano are vividly being played in my mind since I am also a victim.
The narrative by Douglass has been further affirmed by William Lyod, who argues that Douglass narrative is true and nothing has been written in malice (Douglass, viii).The narrative is therefore a true story of Douglass while in Bondage. Equiano on the other hand narrates a story with a happy beginning and takes the reader through the process in which slaves were robed off their cultural heritage and taken to live in unbearable circumstances in slavery.
As the paper, The Slavery System Should Have Taken a Different Approach, stresses Olaudah Equiano‘s narrative states that slavery is an experience no person should go through, no matter the circumstances. The rise of European colonies in the American locality increased the dire need of slaves. Africa presented a market to purchase slaves.
His autobiography serves as a narrative for deconstructing the horrors of slave trade, while also being one of the major influences in the enactment of the Slave Trade Act; in the year 1807. According to the accounts given by him, he was born in the year 1745 to the Igbo tribe, in the area that is now identified as Nigeria.
Slavery connotes such a low esteem or characteristic of describing its manner as that links to hopelessness and the attitude of the incapacity to be free. Hence, these elements are the sentiments of which the researcher could illustrate present in the situation of the subject in the story, thus, the absence of such elements to whom the subject is envy and desperate to have and by which the whites or white men, as being addressed in the story, has its filled of it.
As an anti-slavery activist, he wrote a powerful autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, which became a best seller in the changing atmosphere. It is a moving story, a dreadful account of human brutality on simple, powerless people, who had no strength to retaliate against merciless economic and military power.
The fact that “The slave system was one of the principal engines of the new nation's financial independence” (The Drop Squad History Channel), is the principal reason for the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Africa is the source of cheap labor.
On reaching the West coast of Africa, Equiano is sold to European slavers, who take him on board a slave ship and set out on the notorious Middle Passage: the journey across the Atlantic Ocean that brings enslaved Africans to North America. Olaudah