An Indian 's Looking Glass For The White Man By William Apess

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In “An Indian’s Looking-Glass for the White Man,” William Apess uses several techniques to gain an emotional response from the reader and to illustrate the hypocrisy of the white Christians. Throughout the text, Apess references the Bible multiple times to prove his argument. The tone he employs is that of calmness but also has hints of irony and condescension when writing about the injustices the Indian’s have suffered at the hands of the whites. Word choice also plays a crucial part in his work as Apess uses strong words to contrast the “you” and “they” personas he creates. In addition, his use of rhetorical questions engages the audience causing them to evaluate and reflect on exactly what he is asking. By implementing tone, biblical allusions, word choice, and rhetorical questions in his work “An Indian’s Looking-Glass for the White Man,” William Apess accuses the white Christian audience of being hypocrites and urges them to consider their crimes against Native Americans. While the work as a whole clearly demonstrates his ideas, Apess does an especially marvelous job of concluding the text with a mixture of all the methods used throughout “An Indian’s Looking-Glass for the White Man,” He makes his point beautifully with this conclusion:
By what you read, you may learn how deep your principles are. I should say they were skin-deep… But I would ask: How are you to love your neighbors as yourself? Is it to cheat them? Is it to wrong them in anything? And I ask: Can you…

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