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These words give the narrative a sense of wonder, as we see how much and to what extreme Equiano's world changes. In some instances, we're actually amazed at his amazement, particularly when he is talking about people he meets on his own continent, whom he sees as uncivilized. At other times, we see Equiano's disbelief in terms of technological advances in Western culture, things like anchors that he believed were magic. I find the greatest effects of these words to be the way they illustrate Equiano's innocence.