A Critical Analysis of the Depiction of Slavery in the Caribbean in Olaudah Equiano's Interesting Narrative
GRIN Verlag, 2011 - 28 pages
Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, University of Duisburg-Essen (Anglophone Studien), language: English, abstract: The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself is the astonishing and moving autobiography of an 18th century slave. The author, the aforementioned Olaudah Equiano, tells the story of his life, recounting events such as his capture in Africa at early childhood, the notorious Middle Passage, his time in the service of the Quaker Robert King, his life as a freedman in the Caribbean, and finally his involvement in the abolitionist cause. This term paper will be concerned with the author's observations of the conditions of slavery in the West Indies, made first as a slave to Mr King, later as a free businessman. His account will be checked against external evidence drawn from a number of scholarly sources. The comparison includes the development of the slave trade in Africa and the rise of the Caribbean slave societies in the light of the 'sugar revolution', although the working conditions of slaves, together with the treatment of freedmen, will be at the centre of attention. While my original interest lay in researching the accuracy of Equiano's version, my fascination gradually shifted from the 'if' to the 'why' and brought the question of identity into play. What with the restricted dimensions of this essay, the critical evaluation in the final chapter cannot provide the full range of answers, but offer a profound basis for a more specialist examination of the topic of identity in slave narratives.
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1.4 million slaves African Slavery akademische Texte Altenhoff A Critical Atkins Barbados beating of slaves behaviour Benesch British West Indies Captain Pascal Caribbean in Olaudah Caribbean slave societies century chapter 2.3 colour and race condition of slavery continent Critical Analysis Depiction of Slavery dominant Donoghue Equiano Equiano's boastfulness Equiano's Interesting Narrative estate holders Europeans flogged freedmen Goveia GRIN Verlag group of slaves Gustavus Vassa high output historical facts identity Jamaica Klein large numbers living Mair male slaves manual labour manumission master Middle Passage mode of treatment Montserrat negroes number of slaves Olaudah Equiano Olaudah Equiano's Interesting Ouaker outnumbered whites overseers plantation labour planters poor countrymen Portuguese Robert King Russell-Wood Salih savage African Sebastian Altenhoff Sheridan ship slave business Slave Narratives slave owners slave trade sold to England sugar business sugar plantations sugar revolution total number transatlantic trade treated treatment of slaves Turley West Indian white person women