Rhetorical Analysis Of Major Sullivan Ballou's Goodbye Letter

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Major Sullivan Ballou wrote a letter to say his final goodbyes to his wife in days of his life. He continuously changed his persona to demonstrate the many complex layers and emotions he was experiencing. He knew, targeted, and addressed his audience with different strategies in order to convey his point. He exercised numerous rhetorical strategies throughout the piece including distinctive diction and a strong voice. As the speaker, Sullivan Ballou used the Rhetorical Situation effectively in his goodbye letter to his wife Sarah by identifying his audience and communicating his purpose. It’s evident that throughout the letter he truly loved Sarah and his country wholly. In one part of the letter, he proclaims his morals and how he is has
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