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Olaudah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative chronicles his various experiences coming from the Eboe tribe from which he is kidnapped and sold into slavery. While enslaved, Equiano works under a succession of masters as a sailor, develops a variety of skills, and uses his entrepreneurial talent to eventually accumulate enough wealth to purchase his freedom, after which he continues to work and ascend the ranks as a seaman. Equiano’s experience throughout his narrative is varied and multifaceted as he moves through various identities as a slave, freeman, sailor, hairdresser, Christian, and eventually a British citizen, and he provides a paradigm for viewing this multiplicity of identity through the importance of language, the act of naming, and the meanings of his own African name. Equiano sees himself as changeable, fortunate and favored, and well-spoken—all qualities which combine to illuminate the way Equiano navigates his own complexity of identity within his narrative.