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Unformatted text preview: Name Melania Lloyd Date 8/18/20 Title of Text: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave Author: Frederick Douglass Author’s Purpose: The purpose of this autobiography is to persuade the readers that slavery should be abolished. Use this chart to start analyzing the author’s rhetorical choices and picking ideas for your thesis. Jot down examples or quotes from the text as you read the guiding questions. Rhetorical Choices Quotes and Examples from the Text Example: author organizes text into three stories with a shared theme Organization: Does the In chapter one, Douglass wrote, "I WAS born in Tuckahoe, near Hillsborough, and about twelve miles from Easton, in Talbot county, Maryland. I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it." He wrote this as an introduction to his autobiography to catch the readers attention. This pattern continues throughout the book as he tells his whole life story. author structure the text in an interesting or purposeful way? Example: author connects with the audience - he says he’s “coming home” to “our community” Ethos: Does the author try to seem trustworthy or likable to the audience? The author tries and succeeds at being trust worthy. Although it wasn't written by him specifically but the authors of the preface truly set the tone of what Douglass will follow up with. Garrison writes of his experiences and all that he has learned from Frederick in the span they knew each other. Example: author describes terrible injustices - makes the audience angry Pathos: Does the author make the audience feel certain emotions? Douglass writes about him and his mothers relationship to increase the ethos of his autobiography. For example, he writes, "I received the tidings of her death with much the same emotions I should have probably felt at the death of a stranger." This is a concept used to draw in favors and brighten accomplishments of his autobiography. ★ Example: author describes scientific research that supports her argument Logos: Does the author use Throughout his book, Douglass speaks about the false use of Christianity as a justification of slavery. He writes about the "curse of Ham" biblical story as an analogy in pages 4 and 5. Another example of logos is the vivid wording of the beatings that took place when he was a slave. As expected, it really made his autobiography heartfelt and raw. "No words, no tears, no prayers, from his gory victim, seemed to move his iron heart from its bloody purpose..." evidence or logical reasoning to convince the audience that something is true? Diction: Does the author make any interesting word choices, like using emotionally charged words or memorable descriptive language? ★ Syntax: Does the author use ★ interesting or unusual sentence structure or vary sentence length to grab the audience’s attention? Counterargument: Does the author give a reason why someone would disagree, then respond to that disagreement? Example: author uses words like “frenzied” and “urge” - creates intensity Douglass, out of a firsthand perspective slave, was able to capture the truth about the corruption of slaveholders in the south. Using descriptive words, he went well over the line in a good way to expose this. "…in all its glaring odiousness, that slaveholders have ordained, and by law established, that the children of slave women shall in all cases follow the condition of their mothers; and this is done too obviously to administer to their own lusts, and make a gratification of their wicked desires profitable as well…”. Example: author mixes long sentences with two-word phrases Douglass uses syntax as a way to draw attention to important details and events. For example, in chapter 3, he writes, "His food was too wet or dry; he got it too soon or too late; he was too hot or too cold; he had too much hay and not enough grain; or he too much grain and not enough hay" (10). Using "___too" really hits the target as he speaks about what could go wrong to cause a slave to get a beating. It truly illustrates the unruly yet high expectations slaves lived up to. Example: author explains an opponent’s argument, but gives statistics that show why that argument is wrong The whole purpose of his narrative is to reveal and publish the harsh facts that no one talks about in slavery. Garrison does an amazing job and introduces Douglass' hardships which then Douglass himself tells his whole story and unveils why slavery is bad. He promotes everything correctly as he experienced it firsthand. His voice for the abolishment of slavery in his autobiography lowkey influenced the 13th amendment. Put a star ( ) next to three rhetorical choices from the text that seem most essential for the author to achieve the text’s purpose. You’ll include these choices in your thesis and analyze them in your essay. Rhetorical Analysis Essay: Analyzing a Text to Develop a Thesis © NoRedInk Corp. All Rights Reserved. . ...
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