How important are the words ‘So What?’ in an autobiography? It is very important. You see, throughout the Ron Paul Curriculum ninth grade English, there are numerous autobiography’s to read. The latest autobiography that I read was The autobiography of Olaudah Equiano. According to Wikipedia, “Olaudah Equiano (1745 – 31 March 1797), known for most of his life as Gustavus Vassa, was a writer and abolitionist from, according to his memoir, the Ebbe region of the Kingdom of Benin (today southern Nigeria). Enslaved as a child in Africa, he was taken to the Caribbean and sold as a slave to a Royal Navy officer. He was sold twice more but purchased his freedom in 1766.” When Equiano was only eleven years old he and his sister were at their home by themselves while the adults were out working, which was common. Not long after, during that exact same day, some men came into their home, took them, separated Equiano from his sister, like millions of other slaves, and sold them into slavery. In fact, most of the autobiography’s I read this year were autobiography’s of slave’s who were free. Slavery was very wrong. And some people still use slavery to this day (I think). As I said in a much earlier essay, “Back then, slavery was very very wrong. According to Google, slavery means “the state of being a slave.” According to Google, a slave is “a person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them.” That means that somebody owns another person (that person is the other person’s property) and forces him to do his bidding (work for him).The slave people were Black people. People captured these black people for slaves. I do not know why, but I think that it was just that either the whites were just evil evil men, or the whites captured the blacks because they thought that the blacks were ‘animals’. I mean, just because blacks have different skin color or they have different religious beliefs does not mean that they are of any less importance than the whites. People capturing people and forcing them to work as slaves when they have done nothing wrong is just wrong. The black African people have been peaceful for years. But then, Americans came in and captured the blacks and forced them to work as slaves. All men are created equal, and yet, the Americans were treating the Africans like animals. It is a miracle that slavery is now abolished (no more) to this day.”
Let me tell you why I think that the words ‘So What?’ in an autobiography are so important. First, Put yourself in the reader’s shoes. When you are writing an autobiography it has to be interesting so that people will want to keep on reading. Nobody wants to read a boring autobiography. When you are writing an autobiography and you are proofing it (like people do with other books or essays) if you happen to come across a part that you think is boring, than you probably should not put it into your paper because if you think it is boring, than your readers will probably think that it is boring. Think “If this is boring than I probably not put it into my paper”. Or if you can not decide if you should erase it or leave it alone, have a friend or family member read it and they can give you some feedback.