The American Voices Essay

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Valentina Page 1Christian PrendergastEnglish 10November 10, 2013The American VoicesAmerica is the land of liberty, equality and opportunity - unfortunately, this is no more than an unrealistic stereotype. Since colonial times, men's opportunities and liberties have completely depended upon their aristocratic origins, rather than their pure roots. However, one thing has remained, it never has and never will be lacking, the American men's voice. When analyzing two sources of information pertaining to that time, it is easily noticeable the comparisons and contrasts that eventually, shape history's course.Many aristocrat leaders such as Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Paine have, during American colonial times, delivered speeches whose voices greatly differed from the average man's perspective of that time. These political leaders would address the people, and try to encourage and inspire them, when in actuality the majority never got their hands dirty, with the exception of few. Furthermore, although they delivered all of these magnificent speeches that would sway the audience, and touch their hearts, these leaders actually were close-minded, for through their attempts to persuade the common people, they would never mention the extent of the dark days to come. These American leaders would use, along with their education, the power of words to manipulate the common people to do as they wished; therefore, they used the most persuading techniques possible. For example, logical appeal is clearly present when Thomas Jefferson says, "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal (…)". Moreover another famous aristocrat leader, Patrick Henry, uses strong exaggeration to affect the people when he says, "Give me liberty, or give me death!"Rather on the contrary, the common people's perspective and voice was completely unlike the aristocrat leaders; attaining to a more realistic view, instead. According to The People Speak video, a close friend of a sergeant, who was know as Macaronni Jack, talked about his friend's story, "Jack was shot, but with an awfulness that would have made even devils to have shrunk back and stood appalled,". With this in mind, the glory, opportunity, and equality promised by the leaders through their speeches, were indeed all in vain. As an outside viewer stated, "(…) nothing said about land to pasture them upon," all the land promised to the courageous soldiers that attended the battlefields, was nothing more than a worthless lie. In addition, the People's Speak video shows in detail the other side of the story that was so effectively hidden in those speeches; all the hardships and sacrifices endured by the soldiers are finally being revealed. Moreover, the commoners were truly the backbone of the revolution. These common people engage the audience by using emotional appeal to an extent; the personal experiences help bring the audience and the people to unison,...

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