Analytical Essay on Banneker’s Argument Against Slavery
Banneker aptly argues his points not simply through pathos and logos, but also through the use of repetition.
Banneker appeals to emotion and incorporated repetition throughout the first paragraph.“…look back, I entreat you on the variety of dangers to which you were exposed…” Banneker was obviously well-read; he knew Thomas Jefferson as a body for political and moral right, who risked treason several times in the name of American freedom. With those references, he was able to formulate a background and parallel for discussion. And on these grounds, Banneker was able to regard Jefferson as almost an equal, through the repeated use of the word, “sir”. In every other paragraph, he starts by prefacing his statements with the title, writing such things as ,”This sir,” or ”Here, sir” or “Sir, I suppose…” He begins many of his phrases with the word "sir", which was intended to demonstrate his submission to authority.
In appealing to logic, Banneker employs the use of repetition again and incorporation of historical illusion. Stating “…sir, how pitiable is it although you…that you should at the same time…that you at the same tie be found guilty of that most criminal act which you professedly detested in others with respect to yourselves.”Through the use of this repetition, Banneker is able to hammer his point’s home that it is paradoxical, ironic and hypocritical that one, whose eyes are so keen with liberty, falls short of providing freedom to everyone that is supposed to be entitled by nature with them. Banneker directly quoted the Declaration of Independence in his defense, writing “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”Once a logical argument against the British tyranny,Banneker uses the document as a means to produce a logical argument...