Olaudah Equiano Synthesis Essay

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In The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Equiano uses sensory imagery to depict the horrors of slavery. Olaudah Equiano uses many senses and details in his narrative one specifically is olfactory imagery. When Olaudah Equiano was eleven years old, he was kidnapped from his village and sold as cargo on a slave ship, traveling to the West Indies. After the cargo was loaded onto the ship, all the slaves where forced under deck. Equiano writes, “This produced copious perspirations, so that the air soon became unfit for respiration, from a variety of loathsome smells, of which many died” (96). When Equiano uses the word “loathsome,” meaning hatred, disgust, and a repulsive feeling to describe the putrid living conditions of

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