Chief Seattle was a Native American leader. He was chief of the Suquamish, Duwamish, and allied Salish tribes. He wrote “Letter to President Pierce, 1855” as a response to President Pierce’s actions. In the letter Chief Seattle discusses that the exploitation of the earth by white people will evidently lead to the destruction of the people and creatures who rely on the earth for its resources. Furthermore, he argues of the different views within the earth that is held by whites and Indians. For instance, whites see the land as an enemy to be conquered and left behind, and the Indians consider cities created by whites to be bad for the earth. Moreover, in the cities whites distance themselves from quiet sounds and pleasing scents and from other living things. In contrast, Indians prefer nature’s separateness and see all things as a connection with them. Seattle says that the Indians, who once controlled the land, will soon die out, but he warns that whites will suffer the same outcome, unless they can learn to respect the earth.
Witnessing the actions of white people, Chief Seattle does not understand what they expect from the future. He ironically notes that the Indians’ barbarity prevents them from understanding the whites’ ways. In the letter, Chief Seattle referred to himself, who is an Indian man, as “a savage”, while referring to President Pierce simply as a “white man.” Throughout the letter, Seattle stands up against President Pierce’s exploitation in which President Pierce “is a stranger who comes in the night and takes from the land whatever he needs” (299). In the letter Chief Seattle continues to show his anger and his frustration towards the “white man.”
The earth has been around for thousands of years. It has assisted the human wants and needs. It has given life and take life. Moreover, the earth is a vital resource for the Native American people ever since there existence. The Indians have lived off the earth because it is part of their lifestyle and their culture. In “Letter to President Pierce, 1855”, he has use this letter In “Letter to President Pierce”, Chief Seattle starts the first paragraph by directing his words towards the “white man’ and how they do not understand the Indians’ ways of life and nature. In this essay I will analyze Chief Seattle’s rhetorical strategies he uses, the emotional appeal that he uses to touch his readers, his main claim, and how he sees the “white man.”
In the next paragraph two he states his claim of how we should respect nature, and live in a conservative way. He accomplishes this by using rhetorical strategies such as, paradox, juxtaposition, hyperbole, and other techniques to emphasize his claim of how the “white man” are not conserving to the land. Furthermore, Seattle contradicts himself and claims that himself and his people, the “red man” are considered to be ‘savages’ and that they too do not know any better than the “white man”. Throughout Seattle’s letter, he is...