Cannibals unit paper two ramvan (1) (2)

Dick employed in reading and i had a great curiosity

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Dick employed in reading; and I had a great curiosity to talk to the books, as I thought they did...”(p.48) This is a perfect example of captivity producing transculturation because we have Equiano viewing a piece of European culture as desirable and attempting to understand it. He may not grasp the concept completely at first but writing his own book seems to prove that he eventually mastered books. Equiano’s desire to educate himself was not just a passing phase. During his time upon the sea Equiano says, “I thought now of nothing but being freed, and working for myself, and 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 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
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