Essay On Frederick Douglass Ethos Pathos Logos

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Essay Question 1.) Fredrick Douglass’s purpose in this speech was to explain the wrongfulness of slavery in America. Fredrick Douglass states in his speech “Are the great principles of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us?” and “The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence, bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, not by me.” These prove that the freedom and independence Americans have aren’t shared with the Africans when it should be that Africans have those rights as well. Frederick Douglass then talked about how badly whites treat blacks and how wrong it is. “There are 72 crimes in Virginia which, if committed by a black man, subject him to a punishment of death, while …show more content…

He uses Logos in his speech to show the reasoning behind what he is saying. For example, when Fredrick Douglass was speaking about how he will see America’s Independence Day from the slaves’ point of view. He doesn’t hesitate to declare that it never looked blacker to him due to the character and conduct of the nation and slavery. He explains his statement with reasoning making the rhetorical appeal Logos. Fredrick Douglass also uses Pathos during his speech to provoke emotion in the audience. An example is in the third to last paragraph he was expressing his anger for what America has done and that they should be punished severely. “Had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would today, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” This contains many strong words that he wants to use to provoke an emotion of rage or disapproval in the audience. He also wants to show how he feels about America’s slavery and the punishment they should face. These are two rhetorical appeals Fredrick Douglass uses in his speech to persuade the

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