Answers to your questions that might be relevant to others:
One question from several students arose about Equiano and "fear." So I know that several of you are basically saying, "we should pay attention to Equiano's feelings of fear," or something like this. Remember, the next sentence of your thesis statement should explain why fear was important, or how fear was important, or what its effects were or are. In other words, saying what emotion matters most here is one way to start arguing. The step of your argument must explain to your reader why fear mattered so much, or how it worked.
Another of you, it should be noted, has chosen "hope."