The use of questions allows the listener to think about what truly is being celebrated and how hypocritical it is when there are millions of slaves that are not granted with the same liberties. He uses strong word choice to inflict sympathy and anger in order to motivate the crowd to stand up to the injustice. His use of antithesis emphasized the bias blacks are treated with and how they are not able to celebrate freedom. In the end the audience is left shocked, horrified, angered, and driven to take action against the hypocrisy of celebrating the fourth of
Right away Douglass captures the audience’s attention on how nervous he is: “He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have.”. Saying this could make the audience sympathize for Douglass, Also, the audience could gain respect for him standing in front of many people, fighting for what he believes in. Douglass uses a metaphor in the fifth paragraph of his speech, “Great streams are not easily turned from channels worn deep in the course of ages.” Douglass is saying that, the longer this nation uses slavery, the more comfortable it’ll become to them; and the harder it will be to change the nation. Douglass wants his audience to know if they don’t act now, the harder it’ll become to change. While going through his speech, Douglass can only hope that his words will make a difference in the minds of those who are hearing
To convince the reader of his claim, he uses rhetorical questions, emotional appeal, and antithesis in hopes of shedding light and sparking action on the wrongful situation. First, Frederick Douglass uses rhetorical questions to elucidate to the listener the many social inequalities between black and white people. For example, Frederick Douglass says, “Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice embodied in the Declaration of Independence extended to us?” (para. 1). He is implying that the rights stated in the Declaration of Independence are not given to those of African American race.
An example of this is, “we hanged our harps upon the willow in the midst thereof” (Douglass 286). This piece of text is Douglass saying that once you’ve been a slave there is no way to forget everything that he experienced because of how horrifying it was. With this quote it helps to prove his credibility because he can relate to what slaves are going through and can use his personal experiences to convince people that slavery needs to end. While Frederick Douglass experienced many atrocities during his time as a former slave many Americans were aware of what slaves experienced, so he had to use other means as well to persuade his audience to support abolitionism which would help end slavery once and for all in
Instead of just explaining why slavery is morally wrong Douglass uses syntax to add an extra effect and attract attention to his claim. The speech is a mockery to Frederick Douglass and his fellow brothers and sisters who were victims to slavery. “FELLOW CITIZENS, above your nation, Tumultuous joy,I hear the mournful wails of millions!- whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are rendered more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach them”(5) The injustice of slaves hasn’t been resolved and while many people wail with joy other battle their way through each day. They have been sold countless of times yet no one does anything. Abolitionist can only do so much to give them the life that slaves deserve.
Benjamin Banneker is the son of former slaves who has made strides in many fields. After perusing many professions, he wrote about his feelings of slavery to Thomas Jefferson, serving as the Secretary of State to President George Washington. Throughout his letter, Benjamin Banneker utilizes rhetorical devices to argue against slavery. Banneker utilizes criticism, such as when he cites the Declaration of Independence and compares it to how the rightful liberties of African Americans have been stolen. In addition, Banneker shows his true feelings by utilizing diction, which shows that Banneker is very emotional and serious.
“After apologizing for his ignorance, and reminding the audience that slavery was a poor school for the human intellect and heart, he proceeded to narrate some of the facts in his own history as a slave, and in the course of his speech gave utterance to many noble thoughts and thrilling reflections. (Preface.4)” In this quote, Frederick Douglass is giving a big speech in front of an even bigger audience. This is one of Douglass’s earlier speeches, so he hadn’t had much practice when it came to public announcements. In the quote, Douglass is simply trying to inform the audience of the education that slaves and blacks, in general, are given. Douglass tries to tell his audience that they are not dumb or retarded, they are plainly uneducated and the slaves have know one to blame for this but their
In this context, the Emancipation Proclamation was a defining factor in the moral foundation of the Civil War, which had been fought on the issue of slavery as a contradiction to American freedom. More so, northern abolitionist provided greater moral and economic support for Lincoln’s cause, since he had become fully committed to ending slavery as an institution throughout the South. In this context, Lincoln not only ended slavery, but he also gained much needed military and economic morale by taking greater control of the governmental and military establishment to accomplish this victory over the
That was a piece taken out of his speech back from August 28, 1963, arguable one of the most powerful speeches because of how it impacted the hearts of the people and what happened after that speech set off a world wide movement. African Americans seen how hard King was fighting for racial rights and against segregation, what happened after that speech changed the world forever. King knew that there was going to be various different radio stations there when he gives his speech and he made different speeches but when it happened he mostly spoke from heart to the people. Martin Luther King Jr’s protests were more powerful when they were non-violent because his voice was more powerful than all of the physical violence. He voiced his opinion and