Rhetorical Analysis Of Frederick Douglass

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1. Douglass established ethos with a white-northern audience by establishing his ability to narrate his story and goal to abolish slavery in a calm manner. His words are clear and direct. Frederick is able to convey his sufferings and all the slaves without coming across as angry and full of hatred. By doing so, he was able to get the attention of white-northerners to listen to his cause. The descriptions of violence he shared were enough to make white men and women to understand the sufferings of a slave. If Douglass focused on graphic descriptions of violence, it might have overshadowed his goal to have slaves be free. Douglass narrated when Mr. Covey, “lashed me till he had worn out his switches, cutting me so savagely as to leave the marks visible for a long time after” (Douglass 36). But yet, in spite of Mr. Covey’s savagery, Douglass’s genuine kindness remains intact as stated, “Mr. Covey was a poor man; he was just commencing in life; he was only able to buy one slave” (Douglass 37). The use of ethos in this quote shows the spirit of a community of slave owners without slandering them completely nor praising them. Thus, Frederick Douglass was able to establish a white-northern audience. 2. A difficult situation could drive an individual to discover their inner strengths that could intensify a desire to achieve their dreams as interpreted in Horace’s quote. Based on Douglass’s family history, I doubt that he would ever think about becoming a public influencer in
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