letter 6 from the adams - filmcritics-act1-9-1

By: Adolfo Izaquirre, Carlos Varela, Gabriela Casanova, Marianne
Loewemberg and Alexandra Quiñonez
Jaundice: Yellow staining of
the skin and the white of the
eyes. This is important for
John to know how his wife
is doing and if she is sick.
Rheumatism: A term that
is used to describe
different disorders in
different parts of the body.
This is important since
Abigail can suffer of
anything and it could lead
to her death.
Dysentery: An infection with
inflammation of the intestine,
with diarrhea and blood. This is
another of the sicknesses in the
army and it is important since
John should know the army is a
little weakened.
Important Topics To Cover
2. Col. Warren: Colonel James
Warren was the husband of Mercy
Otis Warren. He was the essential
part of this letter since he was the
one to deliver it to John.
1. Camp: The army in
other words. She is
making him know that
not only she is the one
sick, but that the
sickness travels the
army. This is important
because John will know
that the army is
3. John was working in the Continental
Congress. The Massachusetts House
of Representatives gave the delegates
another month to stay. This is
important since some of the letters
were written in that time.
4. Fabricating: Being made. It is
important to this letter because
John may leak some information to
Important Topics To Cover
5. Mr. Mason and Thaxter: Jonathan
Mason, Jr., and John Thaxter, Jr.
were law clerks living with Abigail.
They are important as Abigail says
because they keep her company and
make her feel less desolated.
6. Susanna Adams: The daughter of
Elihu and Thankful Adams, niece of
John Adams. She is important because
she is the only affection Abigail got.
9. Dropsies:
This is a
condition in
which the body
retains fluids in
any part of the
body with
fevers. This is
important in the
letter since
Abigail is telling
John that she is
not well and she
is updating him
on her
Rhetorical Devices
 Appeal to reason:
“The great and incessant rains we have had this fall, (the like cannot be
recollected) may have occasioned some of the present disorders.” (the building
up a Great Empire 682)
-Abigail Adams begins the letter by telling how there are many diseases
where she is at. Even she herself has caught them. This is an example of appeal
to reason, because it makes people think that so much rain that has fell, is a
logical explanation to so many diseases.
“When I consider these things and the prejudices of people in the favour of
ancient customs and regulations, I feel anxious for the fate of our Monarchy or
Democracy or whatever to take place.” (The building up a Great Empire 683)
-According to this quote, this is a perfect example of appeal to reason,
because it makes the reader think about what is going to happen in the colonies
after the new government has settled. It makes the reader rationalize about all the
difficulties with factions must have raised.
 Appeal to Pathos:
 “I was pleasing myself with the thoughts that you
would soon be upon your return. Tis in vain to repine. I
hope the publick will reap what I sacrifice.” (the
Building uo a Great Empire 682)
-We can see appeal to pathos in this quote, by
how Abigail Adams states what she feels. How she
states this, makes the reader feel pity for her
because of how much she misses and longs to be
with her husband.
Rhetorical Devices
Appeal to Emotion:
“Our little ones send duty to pappa and want much
to see him.” (the Building up a Great empire 683)
-This quote resembles appeal to
emotion, because it shows how Abigail’s children
want to be with their father. This makes the reader
connect with how the children are feeling about
loving and caring for their parents.
Rhetorical Devices
 Red Herring:
 “Mr. Mason is a youth who will please you, he
has spirit, taste and Sense.” (The Building up a
Great Empire 683)
-This is an example of red herring, because
first Abigail is talking about how her worries
about the government, and the people who
will rise in power, then she starts talking
about these two men which she is living with,
which is completely our of topic.
Rhetorical Devices
 Rhetorical Question:
 “If a form of government is to be established here what one will be
assumed? Will it be left to our assemblies to chuse one? And will not many
men have many minds? And shall we not run into dissentions among
ourselves?” (The building up a great empire 682)
-These are examples of rhetorical questions, because they make
emphasis on Abigail is telling about the new governments. It also makes
the reader try to make a guess about what will happen in the future.
 “Can any government be free which is not administered by general stated
Laws? Who shall frame these laws? Who will give them force and energy?
(the building up a great empire 682).
- These are also questions of rhetorical questions, because they show
how Abigail asks herself what will happen in the future. This helps the
reader think about possible answers to these and what will end up
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