Analysis Of The Book ' Between ' The World And Me ' Essay

1177 Words Sep 7th, 2016 5 Pages
Between Coates and I
In the book Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates is a black man who writes a pessimistic letter to his son explaining his view of life as a black man living in a white world. The two are at odds with each other, and throughout Coates writings, he cites examples of these. He argues that white people are superior to black people and that inequality is still alive today. He claims that it is the white people in America’s inheritance to treat African Americans in a manner that is degrading. A reader’s attraction to a text is developed through various avenues of appeals; three main appeals include pathos appeal, logos appeal, and ethos appeal. Coates combines these strategies in a failing attempt to pull the readers’ attention and affect their emotions, their trust, and their logical reasoning.
Coates believes he is warning his son of inevitable circumstances he will encounter throughout his life as a black man in a black body. One example of Coates instilling this in his son is when he states, “And you know now, if you did not before that the police departments of your country have been endowed with the authority to destroy your body” (9). A man that instills hostile will on their child, by saying, “YOUR” body makes this personal for his son. This hostile attitude from a father was not what I was expecting in a letter from a father to a son. He implies that he hopes his son will follow in his footsteps and have anger toward white people.…

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