Life Of Olaudah Equiano And Argument Upholding Slavery

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Toni Morrison theorized that “With typically eighteenth-century reticence [Olaudah Equiano] records his singular and representative life for one purpose; to change things,” (512). He wanted to challenge the way people viewed slavery. History explains the gruesome and disturbing past that the African slaves experienced in terms of being owned, abused, and controlled under barbaric behaviors of white men. Due to the devastating and unthinkable actions committed to the African slaves, they were unable to share their mistreatment with the world and their voice was forced to stay silent. In literary works, people are able to become a voice throughout history, and because African slaves were kept quiet, they did not get the change to share with the …show more content…

This was the corruption of the white men of that time who were afraid of the truth surfacing and everyone finding out the truth about slavery. Equiano was able to share a little detail about how slaves were treated by saying that “[he] was first transported to Barbados and then Virginia, where he was purchased by a local planter,” (512). This action shows the reader that the slaves were treated as a form of property that was sold for labor. Equiano was never given the chance to gain the same freedom as a white man, he had to work for money. He goes on to say "I was now exceedingly miserable, and thought myself worse off than any of the rest of my companions ... In this state, I was constantly grieving ... and wishing for death rather than anything else" (525). Equiano explains the horrible living and working conditions that the slaves have to go through every day of their lives. The slaves were considered to be the outsiders of society from the superior and dominate race, also known as, the white man. Equiano then goes on to say that “It is not enough that we are torn from our country and friends, to toil for your luxury and lust of gain? Must every tender feeling be

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