Cry, The Beloved Country Stylistic Devices

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Words have always been used as a way to get out what one may think, wish, and/or desire. Sometimes, words have been used to order misdeeds or to create mayhem, but never have words directly killed someone, but the same cannot be said for the sword. Words may be used either in writing or in speech but a writer must consider the issue and audience carefully so that they may choose the most convincing methods. The manuscripts of Arthur Jarvis show that they were influenced by Abraham Lincoln’s own writings in his Second Inaugural Address and Gettysburg Address.
One of the most transparent styles was Jarvis’ use of repetition. His use of repetition like Lincoln’s, gives the audience a ...view middle of the document...

” This is not only repetition of the word “we”, but brings in other stylistic elements commonly known as logos, pathos, and ethos.
In the case of the quote above, Jarvis is using ethos. He appeals to the audience’s beliefs because the listener, reader, etc. may do a double take and think, well if I’m Christian, and in the Bible it states that all man is equal, then how can I do this to my fellow man, or let it continue. These elements do help to stir up other thoughts. Lincoln uses logos, to make the audience think about it. He and Jarvis almost use the same exact convincing methods. Lincoln says, “One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the southern part of it.” This evokes logos because does it make sense to give so little space to so many people, and Jarvis touches the same thing. “We set aside one-tenth of the land for four-fifths of the people.” Is it even possible for a population to flourish without enough land is what comes to mind? That maybe had we, whites, given more land to blacks but still put them under us, then maybe they could have prospered. But instead, in both situations, blacks are doomed to physical labor, which eventually takes toll on the mental and the results devastating.
Finally, juxtapositioning of images, thoughts and ideas also shows that the two writers who are lobbying for the same purpose are similar. In Jarvis’ first manuscript, he uses a lot of...

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