Benjamin Banneker's Arguments Against Slavery

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Slavery has sadly been in America from the start. Many have different opinions about slavery whether it should stay or be abandoned and forgotten. Although one person has written to Thomas Jefferson about one of history’s most important subject. Banneker starts it off by writing his strong views on how wrong slavery is not just listing all the problems, but in a letter that he uses strategies to make his view convincing. Benjamin Banneker uses rhetorical strategies such as ethos, logos, and various style elements to argue against slavery. Banneker appeals to ethos to help his arguments. He uses great vocabulary and makes no mistakes in his letter. Furthermore, Banneker says the words, “Tranquility, benevolence, and entreat.” Banneker is using high vocabulary to make Thomas Jefferson acknowledge his argument no full of foul…show more content…
He uses parallelism to make him sound very nice and calm. Furthermore, he says, “sir’ in the beginning of every paragraph. Banneker wants make Thomas Jefferson think his letter isn’t a straight argument about slavery. Banneker is just trying to inform him about slavery, not to argue heavily on it. Banneker saying “sir” makes Jefferson believe that even though he is being told his sins Banneker still has some respect for Jefferson. Banneker Also uses a bible allusion. Furthermore, he says, “Thus shall your hearts be enlarged with kindness and benevolence towards them; and thus shall you need neither the direction of myself or others, in what manner to proceed herein.” He uses this to make him feel better for calling him a hypocrite earlier in his letter. He says this make Thomas Jefferson feel as if it’s not too late to change. This makes Jefferson feel that it’s not all he fault and just needs to take Banneker’s advice. Banneker is able to use multiple style elements to make his letter clear and make his letter sound more of advice rather than a straight list about how bad Jefferson
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