Rhetorical Analysis Of Letter To Wife

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Reuniting a Family Being away from ones family can be an overwhelming experience for an individual. In a “Letter to wife”, John Downe implements rhetorical strategies such as pathos, evidence, polysyndenton, and overall tone to try to convince his wife in moving to the United States from Europe; ultimately making a credible claim to get the wife to be in agreement with Downe. Pathos is a rhetorical strategy that is used to appeal to the reader’s emotion whether it involves pity, anger, or love. John Downe uses pathos by writing sentences that are filled with emotion. In the letter, John Downe states, “My dear Sukey, all that I want now is to see you, and the dear children here, and then I shall be happy, and not before. You know very well that I should not have left you behind me, If I had money to have took you…show more content…
In the letter, John Downe states, “you can gather peaches, apples, and all kinds of fruit by the side of the roads. And I can have a barrel of cider holding 32 gallons, for 4s., and they will lend me the barrel till I have emptied it. And I can have 100 lbs. of Beef for 10s. English money. Lamb is about five farthings the pound, and the butcher brings it to your door…I can go into a store, and have as much brandy as I like to drink for three half pence and all other spirits in proportion.” Here John Downe tries to give specific facts to the wife that are filled with convincing detail. Downe describes to the wife how life in the United States allows a lot of privileges to an individual. With the use of all the factual evidence the attitude of the letter is then manipulated by Downe to support his cause. This rhetorical strategy is effective in John Downe’s effort to convince the wife due to the fact that Downe presents the wife with positive and convenient evidence. Overall Downe’s use of facts ads more credibility to the
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