You Say This But Do That Benjamin Banneker Analysis

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You say This, But do That Benjamin Banneker employs techniques of imagery and irony, as well as tools of diction to enhance his idea of slavery needing to be stopped by pointing out Thomas Jefferson’s hypocrisy without attacking. Banneker employs imagery through allusions to help convince to help show how Jefferson is go against his common beliefs to a point. Banneker alludes religion by talking about “the pecular blessings” given “by their creator” (Banneker). Banneker points out how not being enslaved whether it be not being under British rule, or being an actual slave forced to work without anything in return is a gift from God. Due to Christianity being the main religion then Banneker uses to point out how Jefferson is not giving all …show more content…

Banneker talks about how Jefferson and people like him (white) have “miraculous and providential preservations” and how Banneker and his people “suffer” and “variety of dangers”. Jefferson and his people fought for freedom and got it and were now able to be how ever they want, while the slaves have to deal with the same treatment as before. By pointing this out he shows how Jefferson is being no better than those he fought against. Therefore for everything they fought for to be true to the core, they must put an end to slaveholding. Banneker uses irony again in his use of grotesque language to show the injustice of slavery. Banneker says how slaves still have to go through the “horrors of its condition” even with the colonies becoming free, therefore Jefferson is “guilty” of what he “professedly detested” in Britain. He points out that Jefferson in a way enforces the treatments he tried to escape onto the slaves, or allows slaveholders to. How could Jefferson be the great man people say he is if he allows treatment he hates to be practice on others, therefore he needs to stop slavery to not be a hypocrite. Through the use of irony Banneker is able to point how Jefferson is being contradictory and grotesque by not giving equal human rights to

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