While on a plantation, Olaudah Equiano was sent inside the estate to fan his ill master and when he walked in he saw a black woman which had on an iron muzzle that “locked her mouth so fast that she could scarcely speak; and could not eat or drink” (Equiano 21). Further along in Equiano’s narrative he wrote about another instance of physical abuse in chapter five, he said he saw a black man who was “beaten til some of his bones were broken” (Equiano 46) just for letting a pot boil over. Today treatment like this would be deemed completely illegal, unethical, and unacceptable and yet this is only a handful of examples from his text that prove this to be an anti-slavery
A Different World Olaudah Equiano, a young man, noticed assailants had climbed over the walls of the neighborhoods premises. Suddenly, the Nigerian child and his sister had been held by the hands, gripped tightly and kidnapped from their beloved home. The tragic scene in The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano, a memoir written in 1789, reveals the savagery of African raiders and white countrymen’s contribution the slave trade. A boy’s life drastically changed from being a mama's boy and doing exercises like shooting or throwing javelins to experiencing the horrors of an unsanitary, sorrowful slave ship. The author, Olaudah Equiano, writes about his distinctive experience by expressing himself exposing his observative, vibrant, and emotional self.
The primary source, “Olaudah Equiano on Slavery (1789)” reveals to its audience a first point of view of a child who undergoes the process of enslavement. Gustavus Vassa or better known as Olaudah Equiano was a mere child when he was abducted from his village; he describes his journey to the unknown with a flood of different emotions “[A]stonishment, which was soon converted into terror…[E]veryone of their countenances expressing dejection and sorrow” indicates how African people were not fully aware of the situation of the outside world. Therefore, it was valid to say that Africans on board of a slave ship visualize the worse possible outcome, which in Equiano’s case was the anxiety of being devour by the white men. The journey as described by Equiano was inhumane, disgusting, and horrifying. The conditions of a slave ship in the colonial-slave era was compared to a slaughter house.
For one, the slavery seen in African communities was typically for the punishment of criminals, although there are exceptions, like Equiano’s own enslavement. However, despite his kidnapping and involuntary enslavement, he was treated as if he were free, with families doing “all they could to comfort me” and “carry[ing] me very often, when I was tired, either on their shoulders or on their backs” (Equiano, 31). It can be assumed that, by Equiano’s retelling, that even though he was held in servitude against his will, the reasoning for the owning of slaves was to pass them through to the coast to be taken to the Americas but without the malevolent feelings that the slaves would eventually encounter with the white
Yes they are completely different when describing the middle passage with selling slaves based on age. According to Falcon Bridge they first examine slaves relative to their age compared to Equiano it says that merchants had no regard to people 's
The appearance of the Atlantic world, especially to the eyes of Equiano, was one that could be described as interesting. We are introduced to a young colored man who has been forced into a new country due to the acts of slavery and is in fear of his life, while in the movie Black Robe, we are introduced to how a Jesuit priest comes to a new land in order to convert the natives of that country. In this essay, readers will be introduced to how a colored person sees a world differently unlike one who comes from such a country such as Europe. On page 91, Equiano starts off by explaining his conditions in his new master 's quarters and how he is shown the graphic details of being a slave, by seeing a woman, who is his own skin color, muzzled
Another way that his family’s syncretic culture develops Antonio as a character is his perception of the world surrounding him, and how he views the perspectives of those surrounding him. This is portrayed in the cultures of his parents, “These were the people of my father, the vaqueros of the Llano. They were an exuberant, restless people, wandering across the ocean of the plain.” (6). His father’s perspective of life is one that is often restless, which is also portrayed in how Gabriel wants to move to California to search for success and fight for a better life in the new world. In contrast to his father’s view of life, Antonio’s mother has a much different opinion.
In fact, he becomes so closely associated with his faith and Christian beliefs- as well as establishing a connection with the Quaker- that he is identified by others as an intersection between race and religious affiliation: “…they also styled me to black Christian” (Equiano 102). Notably, Equiano embraces and acknowledges religion as part of who he is and what distinguishes him. As an example, he openly mentions, in this case as an attempt to claim his freedom, his religious sacraments: “…besides this I have been baptized...” (Equiano