Just Walk On By Figurative Language Essay

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Shirley Butler Page 1 February 11, 2014 English 102 Ms, Beckis “Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space” Martin Luther King Jr.” I have a dream that one day my four little children will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” Brent Staples, a famous journalists, discusses in his essay “ Just Walk on By: Black Men in Public Space” creates an emotional appeal using pathos to persuade an audience of young women that racial bias and prejudice still exits. Brent Staples, Figurative language refers to another piece of work Onomatopoeia sounds that something makes for…show more content…
Over the years, I learned to smother the rage I felt at so often being taken for a criminal. Not to do so would surely have led to madness. I now take precautions to make myself less threatening . I move about with care, particularly late in the evening. I give a wide berth to nervous people on subway platforms during the wee hours, particularly when I have exchanged business clothes for jeans. I f I happen to be entering a building behind some people who appear skittish, I may walk by, letting them clear the lobby before I return, so as not to seem to be following them. I have been calm and extremely congenial on those rare occasions when I’ve been pulled over by the police. In conclusion, the author, Brent Staples uses a variety of rhetorical techniques to establish his purpose. He use figurative language to envoice emotion in his audience. He becomes a more credible and understanding author through his use of ethos. Lastly he used pathos to help his reader understand his composite nature as opposed to feeling threated. He does all of these things to help his reader understand that racial prejudice still exits. Staples also believes, as MLK Jr. did, that people would be better off if they did not judge others by the color of their
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