Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Rhetorical Analysis

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In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave: written by himself, the author asserts that the way to enslave someone is to keep them from all learning. Douglass supports his claim by first stating that he was never allowed to know or ask questions about his birth date or family, and secondly showing that he was never allowed to learn how to read or even learn the alphabet. Douglass’s purpose in writing this is to bring attention to the evils and injustices of slavery to people who have the power to abolish slavery. Based on the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass is writing to people who have the power to abolish slavery. Frederick Douglass shows an accurate representation that they way to enslave …show more content…

Although he did not believe in slavery, he did believe in a superior and inferior race. “[T]here is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together, there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.” Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was racist, he did not believe all races were created equal. Many people believed slaves were born as a “tool” for their use. “For that some should rule and others be ruled is a thing not only necessary, but expedient; from the hour of their birth, some are marked out for subjection, others for rule…” Aristotle. Aristotle believed some people were born naturally slaves and should be slaves under any circumstance. Other people were born to rule these slaves, and could use these slaves as they pleased and could treat them as property. It goes without question that Aristotle thinks slavery was good for those who were born natural slaves, because without their masters they would not know how to control their lives. He believed slaves were not totally incapable of thought, but they only needed minimal amount of rational ability; just enough to to understand and be able to

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