Essay about From a Native Daughter

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Neel Patel
Professor Naomi Taub
Rhetoric 105 F6
14 September 2015

Hawaiian Empowerment: A Native’s Point of View In “From a Native Daughter,” writer, activist, and Native Hawaiian academic, Haunani-Kay Trask recounts her personal feelings along with her people’s feelings with how the ‘haole’ (white) people overwhelmed and distorted the historical context of the native Hawaiian inhabitants. Trask’s purpose is to convey the message that the native Hawaiians’ ancient culture is described as oppressive and tyrannical by white historians, rather that it was a society that functioned efficiently before the Europeans seized the land. She adopts an affectionate yet blunt tone throughout the course of the selection in order to contend
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As her story continues on, Trask shifts her focus to describing Europeans as a whole by degrading the European methods that were integrated on the Hawaiian society and expanding upon the coined term ‘feudalism’ as contrived by the Europeans as well. She constructs a striking tone through the use of repetition of the word “European.” This rhetorical strategy allows her argument to become more powerful because she is allowing the term “European” to be seen in a negative context by telling the reader Europeans disturbed the peace in Hawaii. As she continues to use the word, Trask degrades it in her following sentences. While speaking poorly upon how the Europeans characterized the “[Hawaiian] chiefs as feudal landlord and our people as serfs” (Trask 115), Trask was attacking white historians to show that “Europeans” are the ones misrepresenting the Hawaiian people on who they are. The repetition in this paragraph sets a contending point that white historians are distorting who the Hawaiian people were and that they were flourishing.
Furthermore, Trask’s research of ancient Hawaiian history supports her use of logos. She provides factual dates of when the white historians placed certain events in Hawaii and those dates of when the Hawaiians placed them. One notable claim she makes is that the genealogical dating the Hawaiians used is more accurate than the

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