Letter Written by Lord Chesterfield to His Son

Topics: Reason, Want, Rhetoric Pages: 2 (456 words) Published: February 7, 2011
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       In the letter that was written by Lord Chesterfield to his son, he uses rhetorical devices such as logos and name calling, in hope that his son will heed to. It also revealed his values of his son, future and his own experiences in life.  

       Lord Chesterfield used logo as one of the rhetorical devices to reach out to his son, he says, “I do not hint these things to you, because I am convinced that you will act right...” I believe him saying this explains what he is telling his own son is out of all logic, everything, if not; mostly everything he is saying is based upon reasonable ideas in life. That he does not need his son to always come to him for shilling, because as his son keeps traveling away from home, he needs to find common sense within himself to find a way to get what he needs, instead of always coming back to his father.

       Chesterfield most definitely values his son and his son’s future. He says, "how absolutely dependent you are upon me; that you neither have, nor can have a shilling in the world but from me." He being the father doesn't always want his son coming to him for money and depending him on the stuff he isn't able to get. Chesterfield wants his son to learn how to grow up and start working towards what he needs, because with his son already growing up, he needs to be able to stay stable and dependent on his near future as a grown man.

       Name calling was also one of the other rhetorical devices Chesterfield used in his letter. He says, "I know, too, that the advice of parents, more particularly, is ascribed to the moroseness, the imperiousness, or the garrulity of old age.", also, "..strong enough to enable you, both to judge of, and receive plain truths." In other words, he tells his son how he may think advice from someone old or something that sounds nagging doesn't know what's going on. But on the other hand, Chesterfield as for being...
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