Essay about A Talk To Teachers; Rhetorical Analysis

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Naya Rodriguez
Ms. Ramona
AP Language & Composition Pd. 4

A Talk to Teachers; Rhetorical Analysis

‘A Talk to Teachers’ by James Baldwin published on December 21, 1963 is a very brave and direct message to teachers on how they are contributing to the prejudice in society during that time period. Baldwin’s tone in this essay shifts frequently however, the constant tone that enhances his purpose of this essay is urgency. Baldwin’s urgency to make teachers change the prejudice view on “negros” and the false history that is being taught about African Americans. For he refers to it as “any negro who is born in this country and undergoes the American educational system runs the risk of being schizophrenic.”
Baldwin soon states his
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The turning point in the essay is when Baldwin states “Because if I am no what I’ve told I am, then it means that you’re not what you thought you were either! And that is the crisis.” By stating this it recognizes the faults in the education system, and leaves the audience intrigued wanting him to elaborate on his point. This statement also unfolds the truth about education which is “if you lie about one aspect of anybody’s history, you must lie about it all.”
The last paragraph of his essay he changes his pronoun usage to “you” in order to make the audience realize that he has spoken his part on his feelings toward education and now it’s left to the audience to continue. “It is your responsibility to change society if you think of yourself as an educated person.” He continues to end his essay with a bright and inspiring tone using repetition and the example of what he would do if he was a teacher. The ending is the most powerful part because it appeals to the reader in both logos and pathos when explaining how society should have been taught.
Though it is clear that Baldwin uncovered the ugly truth about the myths of the history and how it is being taught to society, his essay enlightened many with his brilliant and inspiring

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