Abigail Adams Letter To Her Son Rhetorical Devices

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The colonists suffered through years of hardship from the tyrannical ways of the British, but their sacrifices and perseverance are what enabled them to fight for their freedom. In 1780, only two years after gaining independence, the wounds from the Revolutionary War were still fresh and the New Americans were misguided. Nonetheless, leaders, like Washington, stood bravely in order to help this country blossom; however, great leadership does not come without great doubt. In Abigail Adams’ letter to her son, John Quincy Adams, she uses various rhetorical techniques to reassure him that he is capable of becoming a leader. At the beginning of the letter, Adams uses encouraging diction to show John has the ability to lead. For example, she states
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