Olaudah Equiano’s “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano” is
all about the his life as a slave in the 18th Century. In 1755, he was 11 years old and was
kidnapped from his home on the African coast.
Hannah Fosters “The Coquette” and Olaudah Equiano’s “ The Interesting
Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano” both give a insight to the constrictions of life
in the 18th century. Freedom is an underlying issue with both authors that affected life
not only during the 18th century but in modern times as well. They see freedom, or the
lack thereof, in both similar and contrasting lights.
Hannah Fosters “The Coquette” is a dramatic and tragic story of a woman who is
torn between two men. The woman-Eliza Wharton-is based on a fictional account of the
poet Elizabeth Whitman. The entire book is a series of letters between Eliza and her
friends and family that chronicles her life of despair in the midst of courting two men at
the same time. One is Major Sanford who is captivating but insincere-the other is
Reverend Boyer who is characterless and attracted to Eliza’s vibrant personality.