Equiano's autobiography not only represents spiritual autobiographies, but is quite similar to other autobiographies as well.
While Equiano was working on his autobiography, Benjamin Franklin was working on his own, and their autobiographies bear striking resemblance in some ways. Angelo Costanzo mentions that they both use self-ironic humor, and both portray themselves as the picaro figure.
In his article, "Olaudah Equiano's journeys: The geography of a slave narrative," Thomas Doherty examines the fact that both Franklin and Equiano portray themselves as self-made men. Each is "resourceful, pragmatic, print-oriented, always on the lookout for a likely scam or fast buck.
The picaresque influence on Equiano's autobiography raise many more interesting literary ideas. For one, the picaro is often utilized to elucidate his surroundings. As a picaresque novel is episodic, it step by step reveals the world in which the picaro resides.
This is interesting in Equiano's case because one of his intents is always to reveal the inequity of white men.
The picaro is also usually a character struggling for survival, which leads him to wander and escape to where he can, often leading to another exciting episode. This seeming lack of control the picaro has on his life lends itself to the feeling of predestination Equiano repeatedly experiences, because one whose life is predestined has no control over his life either.
This is interesting because Equiano is striving to eliminate slavery, while Defoe's novel, Robinson Crusoeis about civilizing and colonizing the world.
Nor are Equiano's similarities limited literary action and adventure. In Tropicopolitans, Srinivas Aravamudan discusses similarities between the two, and incorporates Equiano's life events.
He explores Equiano's relations to Christianity, capitalism, and colonialism. Equiano, after being freed, joined the British forces trying to "civilize" Sierra Leone. In this paragraph, I focus mainly on modern and contemporary black authors.
This note is just to reiterate the impact that the autobiographical form had on the abolitionist movement. This carried over and impacted the Civil Rights Movement as well. Also, while I mention Baldwin's use of the personal narrative in a creative way, authors still use the autobiography as a political tool.
This isn't to say that Baldwin's work wasn't political at all, but authors like Mumia Abu Jamal and Leonard Peltier write autobiographies that come to be present day captivity narratives.Diseases usually affect people not only physically, but also emotionally, as contracting and living with many diseases can alter one's perspective on life, and their personality.
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Literature is made out of the lore of life.
No doubt, the realistic artist brings to a focus the oddities and cruder aspects of life overmuch. But to know life fully, not only the bright side but also the seamy and dark side of life is to be known.
According to studies done at York University and the University of Toronto, as reported in Time, people who read literature develop greater empathy for and understanding of other people.
Literature, for me, is like a ray of hope in this dark world.
It is an escape from the negativity of life. Literature has given me a new perspective and has drastically changed me as a person. It just made me a better person, more humble, sensitive, considerate towards others, patient and a good listener as well. Thus Miss Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin' was directly responsible for a movement against slavery in literature and life in USA of those days.
The novels of Dickens had an indirect influence in creating in society a feeling for regulating and removing social wrongs, calling for necessary reforms.