ENGL 1060H - Paper 1

ENGL 1060H - Paper 1 - Lee 1 Luke Lee S McCoy ENGL 1060H 13...

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Lee 1 Luke Lee S. McCoy ENGL 1060H 13 September 2007 Twisting to Make it One's Own When one chooses to speak, he makes that choice to present a statement or to pose a question. Then, in following through with that decision, he selects the words that will best convey the content he wishes to relate. However, to what extent can his audience give credibility to those words? Is it not true that when people sometimes speak, they do so in a manner that best incorporates their own biases and intentions? In Dunbar's An Ante-Bellum Sermon , the author presents a narrator who, from one perspective, preaches to slaves in an attempt to provide them hope for freedom. However, he parallels this initiative with a personal motive to protect him from the suspicion of promoting dissent amongst the oppressed group. This situation presents a question of reliability. Is Dunbar's narrator more concerned about saving his own skin than interested in strengthening the slaves' faith? Or is it possible that he could be equally concerned about both issues but is caught in a struggle to relate them evenly and proportionally to his listeners? In presenting two conflicting standpoints, the narrator's intentions are definitely questionable and, thus, raises an interest regarding the methods he uses to incorporate both of them. In the beginning of his sermon, the preacher of “An Ante-Bellum Sermon” plans to “speak
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ENGL 1060H - Paper 1 - Lee 1 Luke Lee S McCoy ENGL 1060H 13...

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