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What other rhetorical strategies does paine rely on in his pamphlet?
For your initial post, respond to TWO of the three prompts below. Initial posts are due by Thursday at 11:59pm. This first post should be at least 350 words. Then, respond to at least TWO of your group members by Saturday at 11:59pm and then a final follow-up post by Sunday at 11:59pm. Your replies should seek to extend, complicate, support or question the ideas and perspectives offered by your peers. Remember to use this space constructively as a way of deepening the conversation and understanding the material in different ways.
1) Why does Crèvecoeur include such graphic descriptions towards the end of Letter IX? What should readers make of the narrator’s response in lamenting the “strange order of things” he finds in Charles-Town (334)? And in what ways does Letter IX extend and/or undermine Letter III?
2) Before delving into the specific grievances the colonies have against the British, Paine declares, “The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Many circumstances have, and will, arise which are not local, but universal, and through which the principles of all lovers of mankind are affected, and in the event of which their affections are interested” (339). What appeal is Paine making here and who is he addressing with these lines? What other rhetorical strategies does Paine rely on in his pamphlet? Cite specific evidence from the text.
3) What is Franklin’s purpose in writing “The Speech of Miss Polly Baker”? Is it a work of satire or an earnest plea for women’s rights? What evidence leads you to that determination?