In most ancient films, Native Americans were demonstrated as being vicious arrogant, hostile, and simply barbaric. However, this was not the case; in fact, European immigrants were the ones who were hostile. To capture the attention of their audience, Franking and narrators of Native America use rebuttal, tone, and pathos as their main rhetorical strategies. The rhetorical strategy of rebuttal is shown when the two refute the popular belief that Native Americans were hostile individuals. Both of them show that they were compassionate and welcoming. According to the narrators of Native American aboriginals treated and provided food to European immigrants when they fled to America. Similarly, Franklin asserts they provided free accommodation and food to their guests whereas European Immigrants required them to pay.
The rhetorical strategy of tone is shown in the manner that both Franklin and narrators of Native America empathize with Native Americans. Both of them claim the European immigrants oppressed the aboriginals. In Native America, the narrators illustrate numerous cases of torture, invasion, and oppression carried out against the indigenous Americans. Similarly, Franklin illustrates a case of racial profiling where an aboriginal is not allowed in a “Whites” only meeting.
Finally, both Franklin and narrators of Native America use pathos as one of their rhetorical strategies. The use of pathos enables their audiences to empathize with the aboriginals (Thomsen et al. 256). In Native America, the narrators describe how the European immigrants progressively oppressed the Native Americans with no justified cause. The former violated all the treaties they had signed with the aboriginals and forcefully pushed them out of their lands. They also killed, tortured, and maimed those who rebelled. Franklin also indicates that European immigrants did not attempt to learn the native’s ways of life; rather, they tried to impose their culture on them. He gives an example of how young indigenous men were unable to integrate into their societies after being taught European ways of life. In particular, they lacked hunting, farming, or oratory skills needed to survive in the Indian societies. Using these rhetorical strategies, Franklin and the narrators of Native America make their audience to empathize with the Native Americans.
Franklin, Benjamin. Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America, 1782-1783, www.wampumchronicles.com/benfranklin.html. Accessed 17 September 2017.
“Native Americans- Contact and Conflict.” Esperanza High School, uploaded by Wayne Elmore, 20 Aug. 2016, www.esperanzahs.net/apps/video/watch.jsp?v=117791.
Thomsen, Rosendahl Mads, et al. Literature: An Introduction to Theory and Analysis. Bloomsbury Academic, 2017.