Chief Seattle and Writing Strategies
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In this article, the writer examines Chief Seattle's use of language in his "Letter to President Pierce" in 1855. The writer points out that Chief Seattle writes from a position of vulnerability, which affects his use of rhetorical devices throughout his speech. The writer discusses that Seattle uses poetic language to express his peoples' views, evidently hoping that emotion will sway a leader who has more economic and military power at his disposal. Further, the writer looks at Chief Seattle's use of irony and provides a rhetorical analysis of the letter.
From the Paper:"Bitter honesty and resignation rather than hope defines the letter. Seattle's letter is more like the last words of a dying man than someone writing a plea for consideration. It is as if Seattle believes his tribe's fate is sealed, and at best he can make an appeal to Pierce to honor the land his tribe must leave, because he fears (with good evidence) that the whites will destroy that land.
"Seattle uses poetic language to express his peoples' views, evidently hoping that emotion will sway a leader who has more economic and military power at his disposal. But always, his bluntness comes through and he is not submissive or flattering towards President Pierce and the American nation ..."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Seattle, Chief. "Letter to President Pierce in 1855." In Context. March 16, 2009. http://www.context.org/ICLIB/IC03/Seattle.htm
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