Letters from an American Farmer Rhetorical Device Paper

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Crevecoeur's Rhetorical Devices in Letters from an American Farmer In the book, Letters to an American Farmer by Jean De Crevecoeur, the writer attempts to explain his personal take on the society in which he's observed. Crevecoeur explains how a place with no food or warmth cannot be someone's home. To describe this, he uses rhetorical sentences as well as syntax and diction. However, more than those, he writes all of his work with figurative language that flows so intelligently you hardly notice it. All in all, his devices and language make the book easy to understand, read, and agree with. In Letters from an American Farmer, finding an effectively used rhetorical sentence is easily done. One may look no further than line 6, "Can a wretch who wanders about, who works and starves, whose life is a continual scene of sore affliction pinching penury, can that man call England or any other kingdom his country?" (Crevecoeur 6-10), to find a well established rhetorical sentence. In the quote, Crevecoeur described how one who has a job but still goes hungry does not have a home. If a "wretch" cannot find a bed at night or any food in day, that person doesn't have a home or a country; he or she is alone. To help describe how one not only doesn't belong to the country he or she is in, a person can be penalized for just being alive, if the circumstance sees fit, Crevecoeur wrote "A counry that had no bread for him, whose fields procured him no harvest, who met with nothing but the frowns of the rich and the severity of the law, with jails and punishments: who owned nto a single foot of the extensive surface of this planet?" (Crevecoeur 9-15). The statement shows the way Crevecoeur feels about the poor and about the country in which they live. The poor, later said by Crevecoeur, were the immigrants who came to the ocuntry only to find "...new laws, a new mode of living, a

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