Benjamin Franklin 's Remarks Concerning The Savages Of North America

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The European’s discovery of the new world resulted in the encounter of a new people, one distinctly different from themselves. These people embodied customs and beliefs dissimilar to those of the civilized world. They had their own ideas about spirituality and values important to survival. The Europeans viewed these people merely as uneducated, barbaric savages in need of salvation and training. In his work “Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America,” Benjamin Franklin uses first person point of view, persuasive style, a contemplative and critical tone, and irony to encourage a contradictory perspective than commonly held.
Franklin’s use of first person point of view allows him to connect with his reader as a fellow colonialist. He is able to represent and relate to those which he desires most to influence. The use of first person point of view allows Franklin to effectively relate to and communicate with the common white man of his time period. Franklin writes, “Savages we call them” as though not to accuse his audience but to write to them as a relative man, including himself in his statement with use of first person point of view. He continues, “because their manners are different from ours, which we think the perfection of civility, they think the same of theirs” (Franklin 476). Franklin relates to the white man and his idea of civility, however, he is aware Native Americans feel equally that their ways of civility are correct. He desires to reveal to his audience…

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