Wilberforce Essay

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JesLai
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AP Comp
26 January 2016

Manipulating the Emotions

William Wilberforce's 1789 speech to the British Parliament centered around the abolition of the slave trade industry which at the time was seen as an insidious practice for those willing to take up the task. Even more, Wilberforce's formal yet frank tone not only served to assist his gravitational comparison of the treatment of slaves that were captured, but also stemmed a troubling portrait in the minds of the people of Parliament. Wilberforce commences his formal speech by first focusing on his modest credibility towards approaching the Parliament despite his drastic reasons. He makes himself seem inferior to the Parliament through his comment of feeling “...both terrified and concerned at my own inadequacy to such a task” (lines 2-5). Wilberforce knows that his audience are the type of people to show how powerful they are based on their social status or their amount of money. Therefore, he approaches them in this manner to not only appease their judgmental minds, but also to show his respect and fear towards this worthy audience. However, Wilberforce then immediately dives into the matter at hand by declaring that “through the course of a long and laborious examination...I march forward with a firmer step with the full assurance...that I should be able to justify...the abolition of the slave trade” (lines 5-11), drawing attention to the fact that he took it upon himself to do extensive research on his presented topic; giving Parliament the right to show him respect in return for justifying that he was educated on the subject area. Wilberforce now earns the privilege to give his opinion on the slave trade transition without worrying how the people may react at first. Next, Wilberforce tells…...

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