Language In Letter To Her Son By Abigail Adams

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Abigail Adams is writing to her son who is voyaging with his father. At this time her son, John Quincy Adams, is a U.S. diplomat headed to France. In this letter she is telling him to be careful and do good work. To be good man and make his family proud and bring honor to his country. She uses very high level of words to help set the tone of a stern, concerned mother. Seeing that this letter was written back in the 1780, it is expected for the language to be different than what we normally hear today. However, Ms. Adams specifically uses a higher level of diction. She is a very well respected lady and is very wise and knowledgeable so her language can reflect her knowledge. Her use of the word “whilst,” in the second paragraph does a good

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