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Apparently while a captive equiano has also become an

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Apparently while a captive Equiano has also become an ardent supporter of colonization. I doubt that Equiano would have suggested that Britain gut Africa for its natural resources and treasures before becoming their captive. I understand that Equiano is simply attempting to appeal to the Europeans' economic interests but the very notion itself shows just how deeply European values have become ingrained within him. The strongest evidence of Equiano’s captivity producing transculturation comes when he
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describes how he came to believe that European cultural practices were unrivaled. In his own words, “I no longer looked upon them as spirits, but as men superior to us, and therefore I had the stronger desire to resemble them; to imbibe their spirit, and imitate their manners; I therefore embraced every occasion of improvement.”(56) In this moment Equiano is perfectly encapsulating every facet of Pratt’s definition of transculturation. Equiano, as a captive, is submerged in a culture that appears dominant to him in every way. His status as a captive marginalizes him and forces him to try and become more European so that he too can feel superior. He could have chosen to remain true to his culture, he could have fought against the pervasive nature of European culture, but he did not. As we have seen Equiano's captivity caused him to transculturate several aspects of European society. His choice to accept these new practices were not easy, and I understand that. Equiano had to transculturate to survive, to remain relevant, and the choices he faced were in no way easy, but that is exactly how captivity produces transculturation. The captives can remain true to a culture being marginalized, perhaps even erased, or they can choose to adapt. Equiano chose the latter, and for that no one can judge him.
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