"The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings," by Olaudah Equiano, is a memoir written to detail the story of his travels around the world from mid to end 18th century. Written by Equiano himself he tells of many of the interesting events of his life including how he was sold into slavery, his voyages around the world, how he bought his way out of slavery, learned how to read and write, even how he eventually got married. Equiano was a very religious man eventually becoming a Methodist, religion was a huge part of his life and even his identity. A major focus of the narrative is the horrors of slavery, Equiano's detail of the Middle Passage's horrible conditions brings to light how terrible slavery really was. Overall this narrative served as a tool for abolition and religious growth, mainly for those who were unaware of the hardships of slavery or for those who wish to understand a religious conversion.
"This wretched situation was again aggravated by the galling of the chains, now become insupportable; and the filth of the necessary tubs, into which the children often fell, and were almost suffocated. The shrieks of the women, and the groans of the dying, rendered the whole a scene of horror almost inconceivable" (Equiano, 58). This is one of the most important quotes from the entire narrative. Equiano suffered through the horrors of the Middle Passage a horrible experience no one should have to endure, and cites it as a reason for abolition in the cruelty that the slaves endured. This testament served as one of few written accounts of how bad slavery could be and why it shouldn't exist at all. .
"I began to raise my fear from man to him alone, and to call daily on his holy name with fear and reverence: and I trust he heard my supplications, and graciously condescended to answer me according to his holy word, and to implant the seeds of piety in me, even one of the meanest of his creatures" (Equiano, 88).