Ritical Analysis of The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
This essay has to be 4 pages essay, based on The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equianobook, the isbn is 0-312-11127-4, written by Olaudah Equiano, editted by Robert J. Allison.
A critical analysis of a book is different from a book summary or report. While summaries and reports provide cursory discussions of the setting of the content or some background on the author and the authors previous works, a critical analysis goes far beyond such discussions and addresses the following points in depth.
1. What is the authors central thesis or hypothesis? What is the author trying to prove? For example, one author may contend that indigenous people in the Spanish colonies were not able to preserve their cultural heritage while another author might argue that they maintained their cultural integrity.
2. What methodology does the author use to study the problem, period, leader, or experience which the author is writing about? Is this an historical analysis utilizing statistical data, ethnographic materials, or diaries? or a review of the literature on the subject? Oral history interviews with a given population? Which types of archival resources? Is it comparative? How effective is the authors choice of methodology? Does it work? Are the sources too limiting? Why or why not? What would have improved the study methodogically?
3. How does the author define the problem? What are the authors sympathies ersus the authors antagonisms? With whom do they identify? A clue to this would be a close analysis of the authors language. Does te text have been in the body of the book? If possible, note who supported the authors research or what institution and program they are affiliated with (check preface or acknowledgements). Does the author compare their work to a specific body of literature that could identify them with a particular School of thought”? Is the author influenced by other disciplines? If the approach is cross disciplinary, how is the work affected? Does the authors approach include an analysis of race, class, and gender issues? Be specific and expansive enough to explain your position. Lastly, are there more specific and personal influences which affected the author?
4. How does this work relate to other books or experiences you are familiar with? can you integrate this book with other readings in this course or other courses? For example, a book about Junipero Serra might relate to religious studies, architectural design, ritualized behavior, economic analyses, geographic study, imperial design, historical overview (Mexican, California, US histories), demographic studies, and sociological behavior …
5. What conclusion does the author reach? Is the solution impied or explicit? Do you agree with the conclusion? Why, or why not? Again, be very specific!