In the 17th century, Olaudah Equiano had written his fascinating autobiography, “The Life of Gustavus Vassa” after his freedom was accomplished in life. It’s an intricate glance on how slavery was ran by the opposing race. This autobiography tremendously helped the criticism against slavery, in which later impacted the 18th century. The Atlantic voyage was quite the life changing moment of Gustavus. Gustavus was a made up name Olaudah Equiano used on his journey to the new world. Gustavus’s emotions immediately were put into play when he boarded his first slave ship. He had been told he entered a world of bad spirits in which later his life would be taken. These white evil humans had long hair and spoken a language that wasn’t familiar to Gustavus. He saw a group of black people chained together being treated horribly in which lead him to think, “I no longer doubted of my fate, I had felt motionless on board and then fainted”. Later, he was put under the decks and greeted with an oder he will never forget, which lead him to become ill and not accept the eatables the men offered him. His consequences was, being laid down; tied by the feet, held by the hands and whipped several times. At that point all he can think of was him being back to his former slavery routine instead of his present situation. There had been an incident that the whites even attacked and abused their own people which lead him to think that they were the most cruel people on this planet. Jumping off the side of the ship was a huge consideration in his state of mind. Some of the slaves did but one was rescued and tortured for choosing death over slavery. (Fordham) The tools such as the quadrant was viewed as magic to the blacks. The life under the decks was miserable, from the smell to the claustrophobic atmosphere took many slave’s lives away. As they approached the new world to the island of Barbadoes, merchants and planters separated the slaves and examined them. As he set foot on soil he viewed this new world in astonishment, houses built with bricks and people on horsebacks. This sealed the thought of the whites being magical. Slaves were put into a yard in which the buyers came to make their selection. Many friends and families were separated at this time which made this situation an emotional one. (Fordham) As an employed slave, you witnessed violent cruelties where some situations female abuse was something that couldn’t be helped but to just to be viewed. Another horrific story was a negro escaping from his owner then later captured and his leg being cut
Olaudah Equiano, “The Horrors of a Slave Ships”
July 10, 1766, Equiano saved enough money to buy himself liberty. Before that date Equiano suffered and almost dies of starvation being a slave. He was one of many slaves whom began writing his journey as an autobiography and reveals the horror of the slave ship.
Olaudah Equiano, also known as Gustavus Vassa was born in 1745 in Benin, West Africa.…
Equiano eventually made friends with a man named Charles Baker; the two became inseparable. Baker became Equiano’s mentor before he died. Because Equiano was so intelligent he was able to learn English and able to speak, read and write. Everywhere Equiano went he was able to please the masters he worked for and eventually earned enough money and respect to buy his freedom. A well-written story of a brilliant man during a time of desperation and struggle.…
Olaudah Equiano contributes to this horrid history with The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. Through this narrative, the appalling personal experience of each slave is depicted. He accomplishes his rhetorical purpose of informing the world of the slave experience in this narrative. His use of unique style and rhetorical devices in this conveying narrative portray his imperative rhetorical purpose.
Throughout Equiano’s works, a unique style is evident. This…
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano: Religious Roles in the Narrative
The narrative of Olaudah Equiano is truly a magnificent one. Not only does the reader get to see the world through Equiano's own personal experiences, we get to read a major autobiography that combined the form of a slave narrative with that of a spiritual conversion autobiography. Religion may be viewed as at the heart of the matter in Equiano's long, remarkable journey.…
Despite the catastrophe of being kidnapped and enslaved at a young age, Olaudah Equiano pushed through and became a great man. If he had never traveled across the Atlantic Ocean, Equiano would’ve never amounted to such freedom.
More than a hundred years before Equiano, the Pilgrims made their journey across the Atlantic and were part of the creation of an entirely new world.…
Equiano: A New Englishman or a True African?
Olaudah Equiano/ Gustavus Vassa was born in 1745 in Africa, was kidnapped 11 years later, and then was sold into the slave trade and travelled several different places over many years until he bought his freedom in 1766. Equiano travelled to places such as Virginia, Barbados, the West Indies, and London while he was enslaved by his owners and travelled to several other places when he became free.…
For most of the day, slaves were kept in the bottom deck where Olaudah Eguinano describes, “Many a time we were near suffocation, from the want of fresh air, which we were often without whole days together3.” Below deck, slaves had little to no room, and they could not breathe fresh air. In the bottom deck, the slave traders also controlled what the slaves ate, drank, and what they did. Their diet was mostly horse beans and rice 4. Water was restricted to 24 ounces a day 5.…
American Lit Period 6
3 February 2015
Slave narratives were valuable tools in abolitionists' hands, such as such as “The life of Olaudah Equiano”. Details about Equiano’s life really affected me and made me feel so terrible how slaves were treated. Equiano describes how slave traders kidnapped him and his sister from there home with West Africa and transported them to Africa coast. During his 7-month journey he was separated from his sister (Equiano 171).…
1804 Haitian Independence from the French.
1805 Bill for Abolition passed in the Commons, rejected in the House of Lords
1807 25 March, Slave Trade Abolition Bill passed.
1822 Denmark Vesey’s revolt in Virginia.
1831 / 32 ‘Baptist War’; slave revolt in Jamaica.
1833 Slavery Abolition Bill passed which abolished slavery throughout the British Empire, effective
from 1834 with the provision of an ‘apprenticeship’ period of six years. Planters paid £20,000,000…