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Captivity Narrative

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Kat Estes
Ms. Dickie
30 September 2009
Captivity Narratives
Narratives are told from the author’s point of view. Each narrative is different because people have their own accounts of their experiences. In The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano and A Narrative of the Captivity by Mary Rowlandson, there are many similarities and differences. Equiano and Rowlandson are both taken captive, and they deal with similar problems. These two people have many difficulties they have to live through, but Equiano and Rowlandson both find comfort through their captivity in different ways. They lead a tough life, but they manage to find comfort through relationships. Equiano finds comfort through his relationship with his sister, and Rowlandson finds comfort through the relationship with God.                                                          
Olaudah Equiano finds comfort through the relationship with his sister. They have depended on each other from the moment they were taken captive. Equiano and his sister are inseparable. As soon as they thought their problems could not get any worse, they became separated.   Equiano and his sister were torn apart from each other only to be reunited together for a short time. The following quote explains what emotions Equiano was experiencing when he became reunited with his sister. “When these people knew we were brother and sister they indulged us to be together, and the man to whom I supposed we belonged lay with us, he in the middle while she and I held one another by the hands across his breast all night; and thus for a while we forgot our misfortunes in the joy of being together” (Equiano 59).   Equiano relies so heavily on his sister for comfort. Whenever they are together, all of his troubles disappear. Equiano and his sister comfort each other in the midst of agony. Equiano could find comfort nowhere else but from his relationship with his own sister.
Mary Rowlandson finds...


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