A scene of horror almost inconceivable (carretta, 204-5) the words of this metaphoric descent into death and hell are those of olaudah equiano (gustavus vassa), a former slave, recalling, in his best selling eighteenth century autobiography: the interest- ing narrative of the life of olaudah equiano or gustavus vassa,. In 1789, olaudah equiano published an autobiography that became the first in a renowned genre of american literature--the slave narrative (lauter 970) equiano called his autobiography, the interesting narrative of the life of olaudah equiano, or gustavus vassa, the african, written by himself frederick douglass. Olaudah equiano since this is the name by which he appears to have wanted posterity to remember him, in this essay, i refer to the author of the interesting narrative as olaudah equiano vincent carretta's short essay olaudah equiano or gustavus vassa new light on an eighteenth-century question of identity,. It discusses the autobiographical account “the interesting narrative of the life of gustavus vassa,” by ex-slave olaudah equiano by providing an outline of his narrative the book starts with the kidnapping and voyage on a slave ship and discusses the hard experiences of the slaves the present paper then turns to the. Olaudah equiano (gustavus vassa) was kidnapped from his african village at the age of eleven, shipped through the arduous middle passage of the atlantic ocean, seasoned in the west indies and sold to a virginia planter he was later bought by a british naval officer, captain pascal, as a present for his cousins in.
Olaudah equiano's views of slavery in his narrative of the life by carie dias corie dias is a senior english majorfrom pembroke, ma she has also worked on a writing concentration and a life ofolaudah equiano, or gustavus vassa, the african, written by this is brought out by felicity a nussbaum in her essay. Equiano, or gustavus vassa, the african written by himself2 in 1789, and ottobah cugoano's thoughts and sentiments on the evil and wicked traffic of the slavery and commerce of the human species, humbly submitted to the inhabitants of great britain, by ottobah cugoano, a native of africa in 1787 equiano and. Dominant and submerged discourses in the life of olaudah equiano (or gustavus vassa) katalin orban african american review, vol 27, no 4 ( winter, 1993) he life of olaudah equiano describes the enslavement of an african who emerged in his seminal essay on the conditions and limits of.
Olaudah equiano (c 1745 – 31 march 1797), known in his lifetime as gustavus vassa was a freed slave of igbo extraction from the eastern part of present-day nigeria, who supported the british movement to end the slave trade his autobiography, published in 1789, helped in the creation of the slave trade act 1807 which. Olaudah equiano and his role in the abolition of slavery in africa - during their journey, pascal renamed equiano gustavus vassa once in england, equiano began to go to church with his new friend robert baker, who began to teach him to read and write pascal later sent equiano to work for his sisters, the guerins. He published the interesting narrative of the life of olaudah equiano, or gustavus vassa, the african, in 1789 the most able and reverend mr t clarkson, however, in his much admired essay on the slavery and commerce of the human species, has ascertained the cause, in a manner that at once.
Olaudah equiano, b 1745 the interesting narrative of the life of olaudah equiano, or gustavus vassa, the african written by himself vol i london: author,  summary olaudah equiano was born in 1745 in eboe, in what is now nigeria when he was about eleven, equiano was kidnapped and sold to slave traders. After buying equiano, pascal changed his name to gustavus vassa after one of sweden's kings with pascal, equiano spent a significant amount of time in london while he was there he was baptized and became a christian, and he also had the chance to learn how to read and write english, a skill that came in handy in.