Oh NO, Not The Night

Throughout his narrative, titles as The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Equiano is forced to endure many hardships, which he reflects upon through many forms of writings by quoting parts of book that he had read, including but not limited to; the Bible, John Milton, and Colley Cibber. The one part in Equiano’s narrative that caught my attention instantly while reading it can be found on page 51 in the writing, with a quote from John Denham’s novel Cooper’s Hill, as he says;

“Thus I was like a hunted deer:

‘Ev’ry leaf and ev’ry whisp’ring breath

Convey’d a foe, and ev’ry foe a death.'”

In this part of the narrative, the reader is able to envision Equiano fearing his master and the punishment to come once he is to be found after “running back home” from them. This unbridled terror can be found as he explains in detail how every sound made him still, and “abandoned [him]self to despair” as night began to approach. (Equiano 51). Equaino is using these words in order to draw a conclusion towards what may be his death; or, at least, his symbolic death from fear over his master. When Equiano returns, he is quickly treated to before sold once more, now not seeming to fear the ones who were free, but learning from them until he himself could receive that same human right.

The reason why Equiano uses so many different kinds of texts throughout his narrative is because he wants to show his audience that he is educated, and can be trusted by his fellow men as an intelligent man. By quoting from the Bible, Equiano convinces his audience that he is a devote Christian, meaning that he, a man so holy and devoted to the Bible, could do no wrong! Just as any other Christian! (Please, note my sarcasm. I’m begging you.)

– Jody Omlin

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Paint the View for Everyone

The photograph is showing the horrible and tragic decision of slave owners; this is evident by the children who are signing papers. It is obvious that the children are not 18 there fore they are not considered adults (at least in the US). The man holding the telescope is locking the view from others. He is blocking the view of the bright water, and the people in the island. There are also people on the floor their clothes looks very dirty and toen however, they are not being used as slaves. I believe the picture is sending the message to others that says something along the live son how different and beautiful the world would be if everyone was free. I believe this is due to the fact that the illustrated imagine shows a not so pretty side therefore it makes the viewer imagine what the world would be like if it were the opposite way.

This can be a reason why some agree it is anti slavery and others agree that it is pro-slavery. It can make many aware of the situations that are happening, not just adult suffer but also children. If they see someone older doing something then they will do the same thing even if it is a bad decision. In this picture we see different kinds of people and they are all either in the boat or outside of it. Similar  to howl people have the same options of accomplishing things but not all of them can due to the lack of resources.

In Equiano’s narritve he rferres to his slaves as “poor slaves”  (193) this is very horrible for him to say as he should support them not degrade them.

-Luz Zepeda

What is Happening with the Slaves?

McLean’s Monthly Sheet of Caricature shouts so many political messages. First it makes comparisons between the lives of the English in the New World with Africans living in The West Indies. In both comparisons we see a husband with his wife and kid. The English husband on the left looks miserable and sad as his wife comments on the conditions put by their country. On the other hand we see the African family that looks prosperous and happy, the father talks to the child about having a full belly, and in between them there is a man taking to the English about how they (the English) are living under protected rights and all but the slave don’t have such a luxury, but his point is refuted if you look at the African family on the right side, who even without protected rights seem to be doing just fine. I think this a anti-slavery cartoon, because the  At the bottom of the picture we see the label “Freedom” under the African family and “Slavery” under the English family and in between there are several scattered papers that say “anti-slavery report”, “brutal outrage” etc. This cartoon makes it seem that among all the outrage on the slave movement, and choosing between “anti-slavery” or “pro-slavery” many people are getting lost on what the government is doing. It is distracting the citizens on from the governments economic motives.

This cartoon gives an overall concept in humanity, Africans shouldn’t be treated the way they were because of their skin color and how they were placed in the American society. The slave trade took something that was perfectly fine and ruined for their own benefit.

“Surely the minds of the Spaniards did not change with their complexion! Are there not causes enough to which the apparent inferiority of an African may be ascribed……Let the polished and haughty European recollect that his ancestors were once, like the Africans…..” (Equiano 56).

After the Equiano talks about his cultures and custom, he concludes Chapter 1 by explaining how there is no difference between the Africans and the Europeans and that even God has his intentions on the way people are created. He seems quite aggressive about his point because he mentions how the Spaniards got away because of their skin color.

-Ravneet Dhillon