What is the rhetorical purpose of the third paragraph?
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A. To qualify points made in the previous paragraph B. To emphasize how Douglass s reactions turned to actions C. To offer a counterargument to the one presented in the previous paragraph D. To qualify Douglass s understanding of the importance of learning to read E. To provide a transition from Douglass s past experiences to those in the present
Paragraph 3 of “Learning to Read and Write” by Frederick Douglass is meant to show how Douglass’s reactions turned into actions. It’s a rhetorical shift in the paper, and gives a new point to the paper. By shifting the focus to how Douglass acted after reacting, the paper is showing that anyone can learn how to read and write, if they put their mind to it.
Frederick Douglass is one of the best examples of this, since he was a slave that - in the government’s eye - had no right to learn these things. He was, by definition, property in this time period, and not a person. (Yes, incredibly messed up, but that’s slavery for you.) Despite these setbacks, he still learned to read and write.