The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equianos

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Ivan Ivanov The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equianos In the first paragraph, Equiano explains that he was “handled” and “tossed up” to see if he was “sound,” or strong and healthy enough to be of use as a slave. Equiano is using the language of manufactured goods to highlight how he is being dehumanized by his captors. Yet even though his captors see him as goods to be bought and sold, his diction reveals his shining intelligence and his education. Rather than write that the physical appearance of the white men convinced him they were
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Unformatted text preview: going to kill him, Equiano writes that their hair and language united to confirm him in this belief. He describes the countenances of his people as expressing dejection and sorrow, that he felt consternation upon drinking the liquor, he was not permitted to indulge his grief, and he was overcome by the loathsomeness of the stench. Clearly this is a civilized, erudite man being overcome by people who see him as an object of profit. Equianos diction portrays his courageous yet horrified attitude toward this experience....
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2011 for the course ECON 412 taught by Professor Jiggly during the Spring '11 term at Jefferson College.

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