The 's An Indians Looking Glass For White Men And Frederick Douglas

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When writing a work of literature, it is important to determine an audience in which the book is intended for. Whether it be by gender, age, religion, or race, it is important to target a group of people because it gives the work of literature an aim. In protest literature, the audience is often either the oppressors or the oppressed. Sometimes is may be a mix of both, however there is a main target in which there is a goal to achieve with the audience; whether it be to inform them or to influence them. There are many examples through many works of protest literature, each differing in their strategy and efforts to achieve their goal among their Audience. Two good examples are William Ape’s An Indians Looking Glass for White Men and Frederick Douglas’ What to a slave is the Fourth of July?. These two works have many similarities with each other, but also have many differences.
With An Indians Looking Glass for White Men, Apes was addressing the audience of the oppressors, which in this case were white Americans. Apes tactics involve him firmly addressing his readers by directly asking them a series of question. From the beginning of his work, Ape’s separates the two groups apart from each other; the Indians (the oppressed) and the white men (the oppressors).. By doing this he is already showing they’re unequal and it sets up that he is going to target one of the groups, which happens to be the white men. He uses this tactic later on as well with his use of pronouns. He…

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