Violence In Cesar Chavez's Argument

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Labor union organizer and civil rights leader, Cesar Chavez, published an article in the magazine of a religious organization to argue that it is more valuable to take the time to achieve justice rather than using violence, also known as nonviolent resistance. Chavez develops his argument through allusions, and imagery while creating a strong emotional appeal towards his audience. He adopts a defiant tone in order to gain awareness among his readers. Chavez first opens his argument by reflecting back on Dr. Martin Luther Kings Jr.’s life in order to commemorate his death and to also open his stance on nonviolence through Dr.King. He states, “Dr.King’s entire life was an example of power that nonviolence brings to bear in the real world.” Chavez also links a relationship between him and his religious audience by mentioning “that human life is a very special possession given by God.” Appealing to the audience through respectful leaders and religious references, Chavez briefly starts to develop his argument on nonviolence. He uses the appeal to shift into his argument “that nonviolence is more powerful than violence” in the next paragraph. Chavez backs up this idea by providing the effects of violence which can cause …show more content…

Chavez closes his argument by foreshadowing the future of the union because, for them, there is nowhere else to go. He saves the hopes of his union as he reminds his audience that “time is our ally.” The signification of time develops his argument that justice will come with value without violence, but with time. Chavez’s tenacity conveys a powerful tone that represents the importance of their union and

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