Discuss the tactics that the "man" uses to change the sergeant's mind in the play The Rising of the Moon.

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The Ragged Man proves very skillful at diverting the Sergeant from doing his duty as a police officer. Initially, the Sergeant is very hostile toward the man and orders him to leave for the town so as to leave the wharf clear to make it easier to apprehend the escapee. But the Ragged Man gradually gains the Sergeant's confidence and in so doing, acts as a catalyst for the re-emergence of the Sergeant's long-suppressed rebel sympathies.

He does this first of all by telling the Sergeant that he knows the rebel well. According to the Ragged Man, the rebel's a dangerous, powerful man, skilled in the art of...

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