Rhetorical analysis(Abigail Adams)

The letter, written by Abigail Adams, is basically a way of persuading her son John Quincy Adams to take part in a voyage to France. “I hope you never had no occasion, either from enemies or the dangers of the sea…” this is how the letter began and this specific quote resembles that of colloquialism with the slang like diction. Lines 16-20 use concrete language, to describe an author that compares a traveler to a river, one of many attempts to ease John’s doubts about the voyage. Additionally, Adams praises Cicero by questioning whether he would “have shone so distinguished an orator if he had not been roused, kindled, and inflamed by the tyranny of Catiline, Verres, and Mark Anthony” (lines 30-32).

In correspondence to that quote, allusion helps Abigail state that with adversity in your life, it can turn you into an honorable person and provide you with some form of wisdom and experience. Furthermore Abigail speaks on how war, desolation, and tyranny shouldn’t be accepted, and how john should not have to take part in the issues in his home land, yet to owe his existence to his people and their invaded liberties. From that section, I figured that there is an antecedent in the actual quote (line 43-49). Adams uses a lot of formal diction, along with many of these rhetorical strategies, which makes it interesting to read and analyze but at the same time a little bit more difficult to point out exactly which it is.

Throughout the entirety of this letter Abigail’s tone is expressed clearly as hopeful, yet concerned, so I feel she does a great job in terms of persuading John to go on and do what’s right, not for her but for himself and the good of his people.


Argument Essay

In 1891, Irish author Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) observed, “Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue.  It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.”

Wilde claims disobedience is a valuable human trait and that it promotes social progress.  Write an essay that argues your position on the extent to which Wilde’s claims are valid.  Use appropriate examples from your reading, experience, or observations to support your argument.

-Disobedience is the refusal or failure to obey rules, laws etc. and honestly I do feel that disobedience promotes social progress. I mean if everyone abided by the rules all the time and didn’t take any risks, no discoveries would be made and no growth would be made in society. For example, Miley Cyrus; an actress/musician, she played Hannah Montana on Disney channel for the 2 seasons of the show. So for a while that’s what people knew her for, being sweet, innocent, inspirational then years later she resurfaces and she comes back smoking, twerking, and nude in a lot of what she did. She was going against what boundaries were set for her and that really opened up her career.

When I was younger I loved to eat, that was my favorite part of the day, when I was loving up on some snacks. So there would be times when my mother would make brownies, cookies, cake and all that good stuff, with me in the house those wouldn’t make it passed the 1 hour mark. My mom would always get so mad and she would tell me to only get a couple sweets or get one slice if it was cake or a brownie. That didn’t stop me from indulging so I would always come back for the rest regardless. Now I’m a junior in high school, weighing in at 197 lbs. I run a 4.64 and am a D1 college prospect, so going against the grain isn’t always a bad thing but you must have a vision, or a purpose for what you are doing.

I am motivated by many great leaders that stuck it to the man and expressed their individual opinions for the better of their country and people. The list could go on for days, America was founded and sculpted by men and women who didn’t take no for an answer and some gave their lives for the cause. Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Martin Luther King Jr. how about George Washington and Malcolm X. All these great leaders stood for a just cause and for that reason America is free, black individuals have gained freedom, women can vote and the world may prosper.



Narrative Response

-On this night, they took Elizabeth Proctor because of Abigail’s accusations that she was a witch.- John says to Mary, “ You will go to the church, and you will tell the judges the truth about Abigail, the girls, and their hypocrisy. For if any harm shall come to my wife, I will kill you.” Then Mary whimpers,” Okay, okay, I will do it.” So night passes, and the sun rises hours later; early in the morning, John expeditiously makes his way to the church with Mary to first prove his wife’s innocence and in the process expose the girls of their lies.

As soon as John opens the doors to the church, he begins ranting to the judge about the wrong being done because of these girls. “Judge Hathorne?” John says,” Last night, Abigail Williams falsely accused my wife of witchery; now she sits in jail as innocent as she is on false claims.” The judge then says, “Can you prove that the information brought to me is false, Mr. Proctor? “Mary then interrupts and says, “Sir I can, I was one among the girls who went to the forest and no devil was seen, nor was there when Elizabeth Proctor was accused or Rebecca nurse, no one.” The judge exclaims, “What! So, what exactly is being said, Ms. Mary Warren?” She answers, “It was all a lie from the very beginning, nobody ever seen a devil, nobody saw anybody send demons upon anyone either.”

“Bring the rest of those girls in here,” says Danforth. Fifteen minutes later, the girls are brought to the court house to clear this whole debacle, and first to be questioned is Abigail Williams. John is called up as well. Judge Hathorne then says, “Now I have one question for you Abigail, have you ever seen or felt the presence of Elizabeth Proctors spirit.” She glances at John, then says, “Yes, that’s the one that stabbed me sir.” John exclaims, “You lie! Why do you tell us lies; do you have no honesty?” Judge shushes John to speak and says,” Now is it true that you used to work for the proctor home Abigail? If so Mr. Proctor tell me why was she dismissed of service?” Abigail says, “Yes sir, I did work for them.” John follows up and says,” Sir my wife dismissed her because she assumed we were having an affair; you can ask her yourself, and she will tell you the truth. In her whole life she has never lied, she is no witch.”

Hathorne then says, “If she comes here and says this is true, Abigail Williams, you will hang. “He then tells Reverend Parris to bring her from the jail to him. Parris says, “Sir this is ridiculous.” Judge Hathorne interrupts and says, “Go now.” So Parris leaves to retrieve her, and when she gets to the room, everyone looks at her, except John and Abigail. Then Judge Hathorne asks her, “Elizabeth why did you dismiss Abigail of her service? Did you send your spirit to attack Abigail?” She utters,” Well sir I … I dismissed her because um… I believed that she and my husband had been having an affair.” Then everyone gasps and starts yelling and screaming. She continues and says,” I am no witch, I love god sir. The doll that was pierced was given to me that way. “Judge Hathorne then says, “Abigail Williams you will hang tomorrow for falsely accusing Elizabeth of witch craft.”