Essay on Rhetorical Analysis Of ' Letters From An American Farmer '

1505 Words Feb 24th, 2016 7 Pages
“The law is to us precisely what I am in my barnyard, a bridle and check to prevent the strong and greedy from oppressing the timid and weak” (Crevecoeur 54). In Crevecoeur’s Letters from an American Farmer, he argues that a man’s relationship with the land defines his masculinity. He portrays his argument by his descriptive imagery and tone. With these two details, he shows that the land was created for human’s benefit, but when needed, they have the right to intervene. However, Crevecoeur’s use of vocabulary diminishes the persuasion of the letters. His intended audience for these letters are for the people of Europe, persuading them to move to America. With all of these elements added together, including the usage of vocabulary, Crevecoeur makes a compelling argument.
Farmers have always been men, never women. Men, since the dawn of age, were always seen as the hunters and gatherers, they killed to survive and to also feed their family. This point of view has been carried down and still remains relevant to today. The food we eat, the clothes we wear, and even the medicine we take are from the land and crops that farmers cultivate. The point of a man’s relationship defining his masculinity is evident in his first letter “On the situation, feelings, and pleasures of an American farmer”. Farmer James starts off by saying farming is a family tradition. “ I am now doing for him, I say, what my father formerly did for me…he may perform the same operations for the same purposes…

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