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Topics: Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Suffering Pages: 2 (591 words) Published: September 5, 2014
Raina Dildy
Mrs. Young
AP Language Arts, Period 6
30 August 2014
Compare and Contrast Readings
You have suffered before as I have suffered, maybe not exactly as me, but you have experienced a type of suffering. Mary Rowlandson shows us what suffering is in her book called “ A Narrative of the Captivity,” by creating a character who loses her six year old child due to an attack in her town Lancaster and constantly being moved. Another author, Olaudah Equiano, writes a story about another type of suffering in his book “ The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano,” by telling readers about him being kidnapped directly from his home and being brought into slavery. By reading these excerpts readers can see different types of suffering and how the characters handle them. “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano” articulates suffering better because there are events that most people would know about and tells how people around him are dealing with the changes.

Equiano’s narrative takes place in the 1800s, when slavery started to become popular. He talks of his self becoming a slave when he was just a kid. After, serving as a slave for different people in Africa, being detached from his family, and getting shipped off to stay a slave but in a fortune country, he did not become belligerent. “I did not know what this could mean, and indeed I thought these people were full of nothing but magical arts,” (Equiano 59). Equiano thinking the men that are about to enslave him are full of magic proves how young he is, too young to be a slave. A child being a slave for the rest of his or her life is a horrific way to spend one’s childhood. He has suffered all of his life, beginning with the day he was taken away from his home but after all this he did not seek revenge, he became an author.

Rowlandson’s narrative speaks on the American Indians being removed from their native land by English people....
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