Olaudah Equiano Narrative Analysis

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Olaudah Equiano viewed the world as, “I am a slave, and a white man will be my master.” As a child he was never introduced to the idea of a higher power. Little did he know, he will begin to learn new things about God and the Bible every single day from his new master. Equiano’s experience of slavery will slowly but surely shape his understanding of God in relation to the world and the humans around him. This narrative gives the audience a sense of what Equiano went through during his journey from slavery to freedom.
“Before the end of the Civil War, more than one hundred former slaves had published moving stories of their captivity and escape, joined by a similar number after war” (The Blurb). In The Classic Slave Narratives, Olaudah Equiano begins his Narrative by acknowledging how memoir writers have to stand up for themselves because readers generally think that memoirs deserve to be read or remembered if they have noteworthy events. Then he begins to talk about himself; Equiano was born in a part of Guinea called Eboe in
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This of course made him want to be baptized. Soon after creating a good relationship with, and began to believe in God he believed that Pascal would grant him his freedom. "...he had no right to detain me, he always treated me with the greatest kindness" (pp.90). Equiano had faith in God to grant him this wish. After some time of trying to purchase his freedom he finally became a freeman. Once he became free he compared his freedom to Elijah, a character in the Bible. “Heavens! who could do justice to my feelings at this moment”…”My feet scarcely touched the ground, for they were winged with joy; and, like Elijah, as he rose to Heaven, they 'were as lightning sped as I went on.' Everyone I met I told of my happiness, and blazed about the virtue of my amiable master and captain” (pp.
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