The second cartoon for today’s analysis reminds me of a much older story, one we are all probably familiar with. Moses! This is the story of Moses and the Israelites. It depicts a people with many social conventions and rights and yet no food to put on the table, who cannot decide what is better – to have food and be in slavery or to have much less food and be free to do what you like. The cartoon labels the starving and hardworking laborer as being in slavery and the slave as being free because of this. And, in fact, out in the desert the watermelons in Egypt sure taste better because you forget the grueling labor and harsh punishments which, of course, are the subject of today’s examination. The purpose of the cartoon is simple and ham handed and has thus been explained.
Equianos narrative beginning on page 56 of the assigned reading, however, takes a different approach