Remember The Ladies Analysis

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The selection I read, “Remember the Ladies,” was a letter written by Abigail Adams for her husband John Adams in 1776. Mr. Adams was one of the founding fathers, and the second president of the United States. Mrs. Adams had a lot of influence on her husband, very much unlike other women during this time period.
Before, during, and beyond the 1700’s, women were treated like second class citizens. This means that they were the mute work mules of families that were given no say in anything the men did. Mrs. Adams, along with several others, disagreed. They believed in a world where a woman’s opinion was weighed just as much as a man’s. Mrs. Adams was not the first to think like this, but she did have a great opportunity. She was the wife of a
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Adams adds to her argument with the demand: “Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands.” This sentence applies to not only husbands to their wives, but all men in general. She mentions husbands because men had the say in the relationships, too. Men could cheat, come home drunk, and beat their wives, and the women had to put up with it. Divorces were legal, but the wife could not divorce the husband, the husband had to divorce the wife. In a political sense, women did not have the power to hold a political office, or even to vote. They were supposed to support the men in their opinions, but they were not allowed to have one themselves. For decades, all women fought for was simply the right to …show more content…
Adams wrote to her husband came in touch with all three rhetorical appeals: logos, ethos, and pathos. It appealed to his logos because she provided logical sense in her argument by saying that all men would give up the evil title of “Master” for the endearing name of “Friend.” Mrs. Adams appeals to her husbands ethos because she is very trusted by her husband and he thinks that what she says is credible. She also begins her letter by initiating intelligent political conversation that shows that she knows what she is talking about. In this letter, a good use of pathos is in the April fifth addition to the letter, where Mrs. Adams is giving a health report of the town, and many people are sick, dying, or dead. She also includes that all of Mr. Adams’ friends and little ones send their

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