The Narrative Of The Life Of Olaudah Equiano Essay

1353 Words Dec 12th, 2015 6 Pages
Rhetorical modes are a way or a method of presenting an argument through writing or speech. In making arguments, there are three major rhetorical modes, as outlined by Aristotle: Ethos, Pathos, and Logos. Ethos is an appeal to ethics and a way of showing the author or speaker’s credibility, Pathos is the appeal to the reader or listener’s emotions, and Logos is the use of logic and reasoning. In “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano,” Equiano, who is the main character and author, uses these three modes to argue that slavery and the slave trade should be eliminated. He demonstrates Ethos by explaining his personal beliefs as a Christian and his personal experience as a slave . Pathos, through his emotions over being separated from his sister and how he was forced to eat. Logos, by explaining how treating slaves in a better manner will lead to better business. Equiano’s main focus when using these three rhetorical modes in his narrative is to help his audience understand the daily life of a slave, to represent the experience of the more than one million Africans who were captured and transported as slaves to the New World from 1741 to 1760, and to help persuade his readers that slavery and the slave trade is a sinful crime that should be abolished. Ethos is an appeal to ethics and Equiano appeals to ethos in many ways. He tries to give himself a sense of authority by representing his origin as a native African . To be specific, he describes the place…

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