The Puritans: Captivity And Slave Narrative

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Prior to the 19th century, literature in what we now know as the United States can be characterized largely by its diverse nature. Using journals, travel accounts, and other forms of written documentation, European explorers often documented what they saw and the things that they experienced as they explored this New World. Because so many of these settlers came to America already holding strong religious convictions, there is an enormous amount of religious writings, especially by the Puritan writers. There are two forms of recorded narrative that are apparent during this period: captivity and slave narratives.
The new Euro-Americans and the Native Indian populations have always found it extremely difficult to coexist. Once they
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This textual exchange between factual and spiritual information within the narratives , and exchange similar to this likely occurs in every narrative. That is, factual information can be exaggerated, omitted, or twisted in exchange for the achievement of one’s own agenda concerning the captivity narrative. The Puritans were at war with the Indians, and considered them to be morally inferior and savage. The Indians knew even less about the Puritans than the Puritans knew about the Indians, and neither culture understood or respected the other. Both were vying for the same land, and both were fighting for survival. This lack of understanding and commonality between the two cultures is a situation which is recurring in captivity…show more content…
He had never seen such cruelty towards men of his own race, and of others as well. People were flogged, beaten and whipped mercilessly for many things, and died from disease brought on by poor sanitation. He was beaten for not eating, people were beaten for trying to kill themselves, and the air was so rancid that it caused people to suffocate. Equiano’s account of the Middle Passage could be incorporated into an antislavery appeal by showing how bad slaves were treated in the Middle Passage. Equiano’s intended audience was probably slave holders or people who could do something about slavery.
Equiano was an adult when he wrote this, which was an account of his childhood thirty years prior. This is important, because stories change over years. They are lavished upon, things are forgotten, and stories seem to take on a whole new meaning. This story could be completely true, or it could be completely fake to make people think it was worse than it really was. Also, if Equiano was born In South Carolina, and not Africa, this text could be completely false. If he was born there, and never came from Africa, then this account is false, and should be considered as
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