As I learned about slavery in the past and present I know that slavery is a bad thing and shouldn’t be happening. However it wasn’t until I read the book written by Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative that I learned how slavery really was. Just like before, I am against slavery and Equiano has the same opinion which both of ours are the same. Equiano is against slavery because slaves were treated so badly that Equiano in particular would have rather died than become a slave. Also Equiano is against slavery because families are torn apart and the members never see each other again. As if that wasn’t enough, Equiano has the strongest argument against slavery because he believes it violates the Natural rights of mankind of which equality and independency is the first right.
In chapter five, Equiano tells us how he has been traded many of times and is out right sick of it and wants nothing to do with slavery. When he left Montserrat he described his feelings right after he was brought off the boat after a long trip. “At the sight of this land of bondage, a fresh horror ran through all my frame, and chilled me to the heart. My former slavery now rose in dreadful reviews to my mind, and displayed nothing but misery, stripes, and chains; and, in the first paroxysm of my grief, I called upon God’s thunder, and his avenging power, to direct the stroke of death to me, rather than permit me to become a slave, and to be sold from lord to lord.” (Equiano: 98) This statement that he had made makes you realize how badly treated they were, because I have not experienced anything in my life to date which makes me wish I would die. Among the slaves other than Equiano himself, im sure they all felt the same way. And while reading his book he makes mention of how he doesn’t have it so bad while working for particular lords but makes it known he was lucky to be in that position. (Equiano: Chapter 5)
The second reason why Equiano is again slavery is because...
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