Frederick Douglass And Olympe De Gouges Analysis

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During the 18th and 19th centuries, both Frederick Douglass and Olympe de Gouges were implicitly forced by their government to fight against civil right violations. In the 19th century, Frederick Douglass released The Right to Criticize American Institution corresponding to Slavery and its ill-willed repercussions amongst 3,000,000 people of color in America. In the 18th century, Olympe de Gouges released Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen which was a reinterpretation of The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen. In both writings, the audience can depict a tone of passionate anger and a desire for justice. However, while Douglass uses truth and sympathy to inform and persuade his audience, de Gouges uses a form of interrogation and sarcasm to …show more content…
Initially, he introduces himself as a “simple man” and subsequently creates a casual, familiar tone whilst mentioning his past as a slave. He states that truth will be his witness in this critique of humanity or its lack thereof, and truth is all he spoke. His confidence in the factual information he prepares the audience for provides a foundation for him to be heard and understood. Despite his complexion, he is strong enough to represent the entirety of the enslaved, and this can be distinguished in his colloquial yet stern tone. He warned that a “large portion of the audience” would be disappointed, and this made me question: which portion? Of course the question is rhetorical, but it should still be asked now since that portion exists in the present day. Douglass is blatantly adamant about this protest against inhumanity, and what is interesting is that he used Britain to compare to America. “There is liberty there, not only for the white man, but for the black man also” (p. 23). This must have been a

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