12 Years A Slave Rhetorical Analysis

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In the Twelve Years a Slave, Northup shows the discrimination of African Americans even if they were free. In this chapter it creates the image that represents the conflict of man vs man and man vs society. His target audience reaches to anyone who can comprehend the horrors of slavery, his desire to make a lasting impact on the reader’s point of view on this topic. He uses: imagery, repetition, irony, ethos, logos, and pathos to create a tone and mood that shows the reality of discrimination and racism that was evident during the slave years. William was free. On paper he was free. Though, was he actually free? James H. Bruch believed that Northup’s race granted him the right to call Northup a man’s slave, even though Northup wasn’t. William, the African American, was a slave before earning his freedom, so he knows what will happen when he gets caught. William knows of the torture that they will inflict. This, right off the bat, makes the reader have pity for him. Meanwhile, the readers will depict James H Burch to be a “man whose whole appearance was sinister and repugnant.” A “well known slave dealer” who has no regard for other human beings. He locks them up in 12 feet square with no …show more content…
When the readers are first introduced to Burch, those can infer that Burch will do whatever he seems fit to accomplish his wants. After learning who he is, a slave trader who tortures, he emanates sesriousness, a serious tone, associated with him, which foreshadows how serious and shames it is when it comes to dealing with those who other view as inferior. Meanwhile, William resilience shows, for he knows the truth. He knows that he of his freedom, and he understands the work that brought him to where he could say, “I am no man’s slave.” At the smae moment they are debating about William’s freedom, it made the reader agitated that a conversation is

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