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Allusion Using allusion as a literary device or a rhetorical strategy is beneficial in strengthening the claim and position of the work. Benjamin banker uses allusion in referring to the equality of all and to shed light on the idea that the past has shaped the future. In Benjamin Banneker’s letter he mentions, “…all men are created equal…” (Banneker 21) which quotes the declaration of Independence. His reasoning for including this is to challenge Jefferson. Jefferson had this idea that whites were superior to black people, yet established in the Declaration that everyone was created equal, which sparked Banneker’s attention and resulted in him challenging his own words. This is an example of allusion because it refers to an important document in history and it trials the philosophies presented throughout Jefferson’s ideas. Not only does Banneker asses the declaration of independence but also
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