Rhetorical Analysis Of Frederick Douglass

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Register to read the introduction… Douglass’s aforementioned thoughts of voluntary loneliness were, in part, due to his distrust of anyone. According to the passage, he was “afraid to speak to anyone for fear of speaking to the wrong one, thereby falling into the hands of money-loving kidnappers . . . [who] wait for panting fugitive slaves.” His choice of diction consists of strongly connotative words including “money-loving kidnappers” (as referring to the slaveholders) and his frequent use of the words “fugitive slave” (as referring to himself) throughout the passage. I believe Douglass applies these words to help the audiences comprehend just how much people belittled him as a criminal while praising the white slave hunter. Yet, white men weren’t the only ones he felt distrust for; he saw “every white man [as] an enemy and in every colored man cause for distrust.” This example of parallelism stands to prove a much deeper point: he had to be suspicious of everybody. He was not obliged to be guarded for anyone, he required of it himself for his survival in the Northern cities. “Colored men” of the North had a strong distaste for “fugitive slaves” and would likely report them, posing a clear threat to Douglass’s newfound freedom. His paranoia, though very brief as compared to the anger of the ending passage, was necessary for his survival in a new …show more content…
He creates a vision of relief in the beginning of the passage by means of diction, similes, and an impeccable amount of imagery. Douglass also applies an approach for the application of syntax, diction, and connotative sense to amplify the feelings of loneliness and paranoia presented after emancipation. The result is the masterpiece that fluently runs from one state of mind following his escape to another. It is a masterpiece with a timeless sense of moral values being unconsciously taught to its audience, whether or not they succeed in deciphering

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