Analysis Of ' The Case For Reparations ' Essay

1507 Words Nov 15th, 2016 7 Pages
Well known essayist and writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates, wrote an essay, “The Case for Reparations,” that was published in The Atlantic, in 2014, in which the essay describes the hardships the black race has gone through and is still are going through. Coates’ purpose is to inform his readers of the struggle the black race has gone through each day and show why there is a need for reparations. He creates a compassionate tone to lead his readers to fully understand what it is like to grow up black in America. In “The Case for Reparation’s,” Coates uses a mixture of tone, diction, and historical imagery to create the readers to want to know and understand the struggle of being a black American. Coates begins his essay with a story. A story about a man who has gone through one of the most struggles a black man can go through. By Coates, telling the story about Clyde Ross, the readers can connect to him and understand how truly terrible it was to be a black man in the south, or even just in America in the 20th century. With the story of Clyde Ross, Coates can go into a description of the Jim Crow in the South. Coates creates a compassionate tone throughout this first section, for him to be able to connect the audience to Clyde Ross. Coates wanted to audience to fully feel how terrible it would be as a child to have the only thing the child owned, a horse, taken away from thus child. He wanted to audience to feel the hardship and struggle of Ross, so they understand what is to come…

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