Literature in the south, meanwhile, was less original there were fewer writers and more william byrd (1674-1744), for instance, wrote mainly for a london audience, whereas olaudah equiano (1745-1797) the 18th century had brought important changes in the field of literature in england. The slave narrative is a type of literary work that is made up of the written accounts of enslaved africans in great britain and its colonies, including the later united states, canada, and caribbean nations. The book contains an interesting discussion of slavery in west africa and illustrates how the experience differs from the dehumanising slavery of the americas the intereresting narrative of the life of olaudah equiano is also one of the first widely read slave narratives.
Since students have no prior knowledge of equiano's life and work, i give background information on the history and commerce of the eighteenth-century slave trade, placing in this context equiano's life story--his kidnapping, middle passage journey, slavery in the western world, education, religion, and seafaring adventures. Olaudah equiano lived the life as a slave like many black people of the 18th century frederick douglass and olaudah equiano documented their horrifying experiences and published accounts of equiano established a new type of literature with this novel it was the first autobiography/slave. Articles on the eighteenth-century autobiographer olaudah equiano, or gustavus vassa, author of the interesting narrative of the life of olaudah equiano our web site recommends online literary criticism and analysis from reputable academic authors and publishers, signed articles by recognized.
Born in benin in the late 18th century, equiano was enslaved at the age of 11, but he became educated and secured his freedom he was a major voice advocating an end to slavery his narrative, written in english in 1789, immediately became a popular sensation. Olaudah equiano had been kidnapped from his family when he was 11 years old, carried off first to barbados and then virginia after serving in the british navy, he was sold to a quaker merchant from whom he purchased his freedom in 1766 his pioneering narrative of the journey from slavery to. Olaudah equiano (1745 - 1797) was an 18th-century african writer and anti-slavery campaigner from an early age, olaudah equiano experienced the horrors olaudah equiano writes that he was born in nigeria in the year 1745 - a member of the igbo tribe aged 11, he was kidnapped, along with. Olaudah equiano the slave traders separated him from his sister and during the next months he when the slave ship carrying olaudah equiano and hundreds of other africans finally reached but equiano had tasted freedom and couldn't accept a slave's life anymore his urge for freedom grew. Olaudah equiano by destiny gunnels ideas inspired from olaudah ● inspired abolition of slavery: ● tortures murder and every other ideas inspired from olaudah ● themes included in narrative: ○ freedom: he is able to gain his own freedom in the story and wishes that.
Olaudah equiano olaudah equiano was born in iseeke, nigeria a gold -coast african villiage, sold into slavery to another village, moved to another village equiano narrates his life equiano eventually ended up in the west indies while a slave he adopts capitalist mercantilism and his owner sends. Olaudah equiano (c1745 - march 31, 1797), also known as gustavus vassa, was an eighteenth-century merchant seaman and writer of african in addition to being a leading influence in the abolition of slavery, equiano is also a notable figure in pan-african literature, as his interesting. As slave narratives became a popular genre in the 19th century, they followed equiano's three-act blueprint: - the horrors of slavery are described more gifted writers - notably frederick douglass, harriet jacobs and solomon northup - would make better literature with it in the coming century.
Select the abolition section of the site and the olaudah equiano item in the left menu for study questions pertaining to equiano's narrative (site created by professor charles hannon, gettysburg college, for the norton anthologies of american and african american literature. Slavery was the norm of 18th century america american colonial life depended primarily on slave labor, procured mostly from the almost unknown continent of africa the procurement of slaves in the western shore of africa was without suffering or hardship most of the slaves were kidnapped from. Equiano, liberty, and the evangelical conversion narrative posted on november 22, 2010 | 4 comments though the bulk of olaudah equiano's interesting narrative falls clearly into the genre of travel or adventure narrative, in chapter x he makes an interesting narrative turn.
Slavery in the eighteenth century as illustrated in the autobiography the interesting narrative of the life of olaudah equiano or gustavus vassa the african olaudah equiano equiano was actually born in nigeria, who became the first black slave in america to write an autobiography. Olaudah equiano was a british citizen and former slave who, in the 1780s, became a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade his autobiography, the interesting narrative of the life of olaudah equiano, or gustavus vassa, the african, was first published in london in 1789 and went through nine editions in the next five years. Equiano's narrative is often considered the prototypical slave narrative, even though it doesn't perfectly fit into the structure of slavery, escape, and freedom that tends to encapsulate the form. Pascal shocked equiano at the end of the war in 1762 when he refused to grant him his freedom, instead selling him into the horrors of west indian slavery equiano was able to save enough money to buy his own freedom in 1766.