Of Plymouth Plantation Analysis

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“Of Plymouth Plantation,” is William Bradford’s account of the Pilgrim’s rigorous journey to America. His narrative portrays the harsh conditions faced in an effort to settle and offers the reader an insight to life as an outlier. Likewise, Olaudah Equiano’s, “The Life of Olaudah Equiano” illustrates the personal and emotional experiences lived through the slave trade as a slave himself. Although both narratives offer the reader an insight to historical accounts, they differ in their unique aspect into separate lives of struggle. In these two narratives, both Equiano and Bradford’s style of writing helps convey the emotional aspect of their separate experiences to their immediate audience which assists with understanding the purpose of each …show more content…
He wanted to appeal to the people in high places, the ones that control the government and society, hoping he could influence them with his descriptive words and strong emotion displayed throughout his narrative. Equiano’s use of detailed imagery causes the reader to understand and feel sympathy and resentment towards the conflict at hand, the slave trade. His descriptive style of writing shows his purpose of writing the narrative, which was to reveal the horrors of slavery and the middle passage (Prentice Hall Literature, The American Experience, pp.168). Olaudah Equiano’s purpose for writing the slave narrative was to tell the world the truths of being a slave during the slave trade. According to Angelo Costanzo, “Equiano uses a confident, exuberant, and crusading tone and style as he relates his immersion in the honorable aspects of Western society while he denounces the West's inhumane practices of slavery.”(Costanzo, Olaudah Equiano(1745-1797), Significant Form, Style, or Artistic Conventions). Equiano’s writing style stimulates the sense of prejudice inside the readers minds, in which he wants to influence them to see the evils of slavery and discover the truth in the slave trade. Equiano informs the audience of the wretched horrors by explaining how the slaves would rather be given the choice if death than to be stuck in the ship to America any longer. Equiano illustrates this to us when he says, “I expected to share the fate of my companions whom were almost daily brought upon deck at the point of death which I began to hope would soon put an end to my miseries” (Equiano, 172). In this quote, he is explaining how the slaves have wishes of death and it shows the purpose of his writing. Equiano accounts on the mindsets of the slaves, and how they are close to death and want to die, which shows how he wanted to inform the audience of how much the slaved had to suffer just to get