Allusion In The Four Freedoms

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America 's foundation is the concept that “all men are created equal” and are entitled to certain “unalienable rights”, including civil rights. In 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the speech “Four Freedoms” to America. In “Four Freedoms” Roosevelt states the four essential human freedoms, which include civil rights. “Kennedy’s Address on Civil Rights”, “Letters from Birmingham Jail” and “The Declaration of Sentiments” prove that civil rights is the most essential freedom in the “Four Freedoms” due to the fact it was the founding principle of America and is a God-given right, and in the absence of civil rights American society is tarnished and injured. This is conveyed through allusion, syntax, and diction to establish ethos and logos.

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This nation was founded on the belief that mankind is entitled to equality, and taking away that equality is putting American society at risk. When Kennedy alludes to the “Declaration of Independence”, he appeals to ethos, as he establishes credibility by referencing to this well-known document. His use of allusion supports civil rights is the most essential freedom. The “Declaration of Sentiments” also shows priority over civil rights when it states, “All men and women are created equal, [and] are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. (Stanton)” American society has always held on to the belief that “all men are created equal.” The “Declaration of Sentiments” alludes to the “Declaration of Independence” to establish ethos, by creating credibility with the reference to the important document. The allusion to the document aids to the conclusion that …show more content…
Kennedy portrays this when he says, “Difficulties over segregation and discrimination exist in every city… producing in many cities a rising tide of discontent that threatens the public safety. (Kennedy)” The absence of civil rights disrupt the safety and prosperity of the country. Kennedy appeals to pathos, through diction, to convey the atrocity that segregation creates. The denial of civil rights invoked crime, threatened the lives of many, and dehumanized citizens of America. The “Declaration of Sentiments” also supports this when it states that, “Whenever any form of Government becomes destructive … it is the right of those who suffer from it to refuse allegiance to it. (Stanton)” The denial of civil rights invoked the women of America to stand against their oppressor, men. The connection, or allusion, to the “Declaration of Independence” establishes credibility among the audience and appeals to ethos. Thus proving without civil rights a nation cannot be prosperous. During Dr. King’s era the denial of civil rights resulted in civil disobedience. King justifies breaking the law when he writes, “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. (King)” African Americans endangered themselves because they were not allowed the same rights as white people. MLK appeals to logos when he concludes that African Americans had to

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