1) Post on one of Bradstreet’s poems OR on the prose letter she writes to her children. What do you see as a purpose or intent of her work? What impresses or surprises you about her skill as a poet? What do you think of “An Author to Her Book?” Is she pretending to be more distressed than she really is? Whatever statement you make, you MUST use a brief quote or example from the work to back up your statement.
2) Olaudah Equiano’s Narrative is almost certainly the only ex-slave narrative written by someone who experienced life as a free person in Africa, capture, and eventual transport to the New World as cargo/ a slave. Once he becomes free, Equiano writes his story to reveal how it feels to experience freedom until 11 and then to experience and observe the horrors of slavery and the slave trade. He wants to highlight the equal humanity of Africans and Europeans and show that Africans also have an equal right to freedom and self-determination. Briefly what for you was a particularly striking experience he describes or observation he makes in his narrative.