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University of Toronto Scarborough
William Nelson

HISA04Week 10November 12 2012The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah EquianoThe Prototypical Slave NarrativeThe Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavas Vassa The African Written by Himself 1789Olaudah Equiano olahooday ekweeahno Also known as Gustavas Vassa Michael and Jacobsto 1 nameParentsndo 2 nameSlave master in England Born in 1745 In what is Nigeria Purchased his freedom 11 July 1766The book refers that he is ChristianA Good Christian o Someone who is worthy of attentiono Talking about slavery and conversion to Christianityo He presents himself as a civilized persono Clothing was the primary symbols that separate people from barbarianism and civilizationThe Language of His Masters He is literally in the language of his masters and adopts certain strategies in presenting his stories Involved in a scientific expedition to the Arctic Why would someone write an autobiography Writing a story could give him a sense of authority A chance to present a sense of memorieso Immortalize yourself To defend your characterFor money For attention To amplify what he had been througho Abolition SlaveryA sense of getting at what is the deepest within himBefore Autobiography A spiritual memoir books first person accountsHis Story and History
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