Topics: Rhetoric, Rhetorical techniques, Person Pages: 2 (677 words) Published: April 22, 2013
I'm an American
Guillermo Gonzalez
Period 5
AP English
I’m an American
Many people today have a great misconception on what an “American” actually is. Not only today, but back in the day where Formal was the everyday casual. In “I’m an American” by Michel-Guillame Jean de Crevecoeur a man tries to depict the misconceptions that people have of the word American and stands for. He uses Pathos, Logos, and Figurative language to assist in his reasoning. He uses many examples to prove his way of thinking and uses rhetorical devices to improve the statements in his reasons.

In the authors essay, one rhetorical device he uses to help present his statements is pathos. Pathos, which is one of the greatest rhetorical devices, is employed by the author in a way while strikes the reader in a sentimental way that is valued. An example to how he uses this is shown in the quote, What attachment can a poor European emigrant have for a country where he had nothing? The knowledge of the language, the love of a kindred as poor as himself were only the cords that tried him.” Most people do not understand that when a man is poor, he begins to care less and less about his country. A man calls a country his own when he actually feels for it, but a man whose country does nothing for him loses his respect. A country who cares for its people, is a country that a man calls his.

Another Rhetorical device used and found in this passage is a metaphor. It is used in the statement, “Can a wretch who wanders about, who works and starves, whose life is a continuous scene of sore affliction or pinching penury - can that man call England or any other kingdom his country? A country that had no bread for him, whose fields procured him no harvest, …” He uses this quote to introduce the fact there is no such thing as calling a country yours, and appealing to their sympathetic side. He also uses the metaphor of a country with no bread doesn’t produce to represent that a country with...
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