Cannibals unit paper two unrevised (1)

Thereby getting money to enable me to get a good

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thereby getting money to enable me to get a good education; for I always had a great desire to be able at least to read and write; and while I was on ship-board I had endeavored to improve myself in both” (67). Reading and writing were not part of his old society at all; in Africa education revolved around that tasks that were needed to survive. However, now that Equiano has been made a captive of Europeans he begins to see a value in higher education. Literacy is one of the first 'emanations' from European society that Equiano selects but it certainly will not be the last. Another example comes when Equiano is beginning to understand European standards of beauty, and attempting to convert to them. When discussing a young girl that he played with as a child he explains that, “I had often observed that when her mother washed her faced it looked very rosy; but when she washed mine it did not look so: I therefore tried oftentimes myself if I could not by washing make my face the same colour as my little playmate...” (49). In European society a child with rosy cheeks is considered cute, and Equiano picks up on this fact. He therefore attempts to make his own cheeks rosy in an attempt to more readily fit into European society. Although his attempts may be ultimately doomed to fail his willingness to adopt European standards is proof positive of his captivity causing transculturation. Equiano adopts more than just European practices or ideas of beauty, he also converts to Christianity. Equiano tells us that, “While I was attending these ladies their servants told me I could not go to Heaven unless I was baptized. This made me very uneasy for I had now some faint idea of a future state” (56). In response to this Equiano insists that he be baptized so that he can become a good Christian and go to heaven. Once again without any threat of violence or pain Equiano decides to take on a piece of European culture. Being a captive simply makes the
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society seem so powerful; wanting to be a larger part of it is natural.
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