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.
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