Analysis Of Toussaint L ' Ouverture 's 1802 Speech
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etorical Analysis of Toussaint L 'Ouverture 's 1802 Speech According to Blackpast.org, the Haitian Revolution was the largest and most successful slave rebellion in the Western Hemisphere, which not only ended slavery, but also French control over the colony in a 12 year span. Toussaint L’Ouverture, a Haitian leader, uses different tactics in order to addresses his men in a speech given before entering battle. L 'Ouverture uses syntax, tone shifts, and imagery in order to convey to his troops the reason why they are fighting and to motivate them.
In the beginning of the speech, L 'Ouverture uses syntax in order to arouse suspicion in his troops to question why they have been treated the way they have. For example, in the speech it says, "Why have so many ships traversed the ocean, if not to throw you again into chains?"(line1). L 'Ouverture uses this parallelism all throughout the beginning of the speech by continuing this interrogative sentence structure at the start of each sentence, by beginning each sentence with an interrogative word. L 'Ouverture’s use of interrogative parallel sentence structures allow him to emphasize the injustices that have been brought upon his troops by the French. As a result, these questions arouse curiosity in his troops, which L 'Ouverture then takes and ask if what they have endured for the last ten years was worth it.
Also, in the beginning of the speech, L 'Ouverture uses a pattern of long then short sentences in order to arouse