Why does Equiano include the details that he does in the first chapter? What is it’s importance? As I read the first four chapters of Equiano, I jotted down a lot of notes and questions. Some questions I know I don’t have any idea of the answer, others I thought I could take a stab… Read more Equiano Intro– Understanding And Empathy
One of my questions is: what exactly convinced Equiano that these white men were superior to his people, instead of just different? I no longer looked upon them as spirits, but as men superior to us; and therefore I had the stronger desire to resemble them; to imbibe their spirit, and imitate their manners; I… Read more Hierarchy
This was an intresting look not only into the mind and lifestyle of a slave, but a rare look at slavery from the POV of a slave in that time in general. I found it intresting how well spooken and well read Vassa, as he was refered to at times, was. He had a well… Read more 1-4 reflections
“With us [slaves] do no more work than other members of the community, even their masters; their food, clothing and lodging were nearly the same as theirs, (except that they were not permitted to eat with those who were free-born); and there was scarce any other difference between them, than a superior degree of importance… Read more Unanswered Questions.
What do you think Equiano’s qualities originate/stem from? Equiano’s qualities of modesty and interest in humanity derive from his identity as a Christian. I believe that he sees himself as someone who is better off than other Africans who have suffered greatly before him. He doesn’t seek praise because of how he feels Providence has… Read more (1-4 Equiano) What Makes the Man?
Question 1: What was the view on women like so far in Equiano? Do you think it was because of the time in history or simply because thats the way they were? Since I have read “Equiano” before not saying it is alright but at this time in history women did not have anywhere near… Read more Questions and Reflections
Did Equiano purposely not explicit say he was a child for the first several chapters? I notice that Equiano never really says he’s a child. I occasionally states his age, but he never emphasizes that he’s a child. He merely states (fairly bluntly) how he acted throughout the events. I find this extremely interesting because… Read more (Un)Reliable Narration In Equiano
Question 1: Why did Equiano choose to discribe his home in such detail? This question stuck in my head simply because of how many possible answers there are. Was Equiano’s home described so he could remember the life he loved? Was it meant to prove to white people that he and his own people were… Read more Equiano 1-4
While I was reading Equiano, I noticed how truthful the author/narrator is. He would tell us, the audience, the truth of what happened even if it made himself look bad. For example, when Equiano is helping the elderly woman take care of the chicken… Equiano accidentally kills a chicken by throwing a pebble at it,… Read more Equiano 1-4
How do the ways of treating slaves differ between Equiano’s people and whites? What does this reveal about the values of each group? The horrors faced by American slaves is rooted in the history of this country. Many students are now required to learn about the history of slavery in America. Many slaves have added… Read more Equiano Ch 1-4 and the Black Identity