Commentary On Equiano's Life

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I think Equiano chose to use the genre of memoir because he was relating a narrative that was so personal no other genre could fill the void. Equiano did not speak for all slaves or convey that his experience was universal. Though Equiano related his experiences though they were happening to only him though, slavery and discourse was happening to all of those around him. After reading the memoir I was distressed and enlightened. What Equiano experienced in his life was distressing and the way he conveyed his experiences to the reader was enlightening. There was no bitterness in his tone. What I also found very poignant was that Equiano states that he is not seeking immortality or literary reputation yet he has gained both.
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