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Olaudah Equiano

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Olaudah Equiano

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Perspective and Narrator

Olaudah Equiano, the narrator, relates his life story from a first-person perspective. He uses this perspective not only to relate the events of his life and how they affected him personally, but also to appeal directly to the conscience of his white audience for the abolition of slavery.


The narrative is presented in the past tense.

About the Title

The Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African is the story of the author's life. Olaudah Equiano is the name the author received from his parents in Africa. Gustavus Vassa is the name he was given by the master who purchased him as a slave.


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