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Benjamin Banneker a very well educated man wrote to Thomas Jefferson using rhetorical strategies that would make Jefferson want to continue reading and want to consider his ideas The strategies he used include pathos diction and allusion To make his position on the subject clear and persuasive In this piece of writing Mr Banneker makes a valid argument and gets his point across successfullyWhen reading this excerpt what jumped out at me the most was the usage of pathos This is one of the best strategies to use when trying to argue or persuade a subject because it affects the persons emotions directly Look back I entreat you on the variety of dangers to which you were exposed reflect on that time in which every human aid appeared unavailable What Benjamin is trying to say is look back and reflect on the hardships that happened in your life before you put that upon someone else In other words he is appealing to Mr Jeffersons emotions and feelings by bringing up his past times Benjamin wrote Here sir was a time in which your tender feelings for yourselves had engaged you thus to declare you were then impressed with proper ideas of the great valuation of liberty to make the reader feel sorry and ashamed and to realize he once believed in equality Benjamin wants Thomas Jefferson to reconsider what he once believed and to put his soul into theirsBanneker like walking a mile in someone elses shoes Benjamin also used a style of formal diction in his writing by applying abstract words and ideas to explain the vastness of slavery freedom and emotion For example in the phrases apprehensions of the horrors and tranquility which you enjoyBanneker This complex diction forms an openness because the ideas the author uses are easy for almost anyone to relate to Another way the author strategizes his argument is through the use of logos Logos is providing
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