Abigail Adams Letter To Her Son Analysis

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Abigail Adams in the letter to her son, John Quincy Adams, suggests that he be brave and a great man. Adams supports her suggestion to John by explaining what he should do and that he should be strong, mentally, on the trip. The authors purpose is to encourage the son to be a strong man in order to last on the trip, do honor to their country, and become a great man in the future. The author writes in an inspirational tone for her son John Quincy Adams. She incorporates many different literary techniques in order to get the mood and tone across to her son.
Abigail wrote this letter to her John in January of 1780, so the language used was very different from today's society, and it used many heightened points of diction and more formal language.
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A parallel triad has the effect of making ideas more clear “...Attention, diligence, and steady application”(Line 25). This particular triad has the effect of rephrasing the words to create a more concise statement. “...but add justice, fortitude, and every manly virtue…” (Line 59). This instance of parallel triad, it strengthens the mood and creates a more powerful and encouraging. It also creates a memorable statement, because they are positive words which have positive impacts of the reader. In the opposite sense, another triad in line 31 says “...roused, kindled and inflamed…” which has more of a rhythm to the sentence, which makes the reader of the letter more intriguing and powerful. Parallel triads have the effect of making sense more more appealing to the ear, and to create a dramatic effect, enhancing the mood.
Adam's strengthens her message to her son John Quincy Adams by using many instances of figurative language such as diction allusions and parallelism. and although the time period was in the 1700s she is still capable of using these strategies to enhance her literary work. All of the uses of figurative language help piece together what the mother wants for her son and helps convey the mood and tone of the
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