Essay on The Life Of Ben Franklin And Olaudah Equiano

1043 Words Oct 18th, 2015 null Page
In the late 1700s, the United States was just forming and Founding Fathers, like Ben Franklin, were just beginning to lay down the foundations of what would become one of the most powerful nations in the world. In 1776, the United States gained their freedom from Great Britain, meanwhile on the other side of the world, people were being taken from their homes and forced into slavery. These two events helped mold the lives of Ben Franklin and Olaudah Equiano. Now you’re probably wondering how these two men are similar seeing how Ben Franklin is white, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States while Equiano is a former African slave, right? Well as it turns out, Equiano based his autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, off of Franklin’s autobiography, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. These two men’s writings about their unique lives manage to contain similar themes such as using education to better yourself and deploring the conditions of slavery. In both of these works, the reader experiences the lives of these two men along with some of the trials and tribulations that shaped their worldviews. One of the views that both of these men had was their belief in education and how it can change lives for the better. In Equiano’s autobiography he talks about how, over time, he was able to use his status as a prized slave to his advantage, in order to improve himself by learning. Equiano also says,…

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