John Downe Essay

775 WordsMar 12, 20134 Pages
John Downe In John Downe’s letter to his wife, he strategically establishes and develops ethos as well as pathos to convince her to join him in the United States with their children. Throughout the letter, Downe develops his credibility through his use of ethos which includes the repetition of “I.” “I have got a situation,” “I dined with him,” “I went into the market yesterday,” all progress towards the establishment of his plausibility in his wife’s eyes. He provides his wife with examples of the many positive situations he, himself has endured while being in the country of America. Downe hopes that his persuading words will convince her to emigrate with their children to America. “I know you will like America” is Downe’s primary…show more content…
He mentions that on the table there was “pudding, pyes, and fruit of all kind that was in season…” and “they do not think of locking the doors in this country” to assure his wife of the safety and prosperity of this country. He then goes on to acknowledge, with emotional appeal, that all he “wants now is to see you, and the dear children here, and then I shall be happy, and not before”. This is Downe’s development of pathos for the purpose of persuading and influencing his wife to make her decision much easier about emigrating to America with the children. He hopes to influence her decision by explaining how much better off they would be as a family, together in one country. Although he announces that he will only be happy if his family comes to America to live with him, Downe concludes that he does not “repent of coming” and he “would rather cross the Atlantic ten times than hear my children cry”. By his mentioning that he does not regret one bit coming to America, Downe hopes to display for his wife how great of a country America is. The pathos are purposefully placed there by Downe to show to his wife that although he has left his family, he would do it all over again just to live in the convenient country of America- hoping this will stir some kind of desire in his wife’s mind. Through his emotional words, Downe demonstrates that the travel to America is nothing compared to what this country holds in store for
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