America: The Abundant And John Downe´S Letter To His Wife Convincing Her To Move To America

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America: The Abundant

Downe travels to America in search for a job, leaving his family behind to support them through money. Downe convinces his wife and children to emigrate to live a more prosperous life in America spanning from an enthusiastic tone to one of sincerity.
In the first paragraph, Downe gives the impression that America lacks starvation to make his family more eager to leave England and start a better life. Downe exaggerates the abundance of food as the table piles high with “pudding, pyes, and fruit of all kind that was in season, and everything that a person could wish”. Through the imagery of food, he discusses the benefits of living in America by exaggerating how easy ...view middle of the document...

He exaggerates the amount of food, thinking that it will solve their problem of starvation in order to convince his wife and children to leave England. Downe's enthusiastic tone towards life in America emphasizes how plentiful it is here compared to England, serving to convince his wife and children to emigrate and start a new prosperous life in America.
In addition to solving their problem of starvation, Downe shifts the focus to his family, wanting to persuade them to emigrate to America in order to reunite. Downe addresses his attention to “my dear Sukey, all that I want is to see you, and the children here, and then I shall be happy”. Downe shifts from a cheerful tone to a more personal tone by calling his wife by her first name. Downe's caring tone towards his family indicates that he misses his wife and children and wants to reunite with them in America. By connecting to his audience directly through personal pronouns, he develops pathos in order to persuade them into emigrating to America. Additionally, by displaying his affection towards his family, he convinces them that moving will bring them together and that they can live a happy life. Downe sees his family's current...

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