Writer’s Purpose & Rhetorical Devices

Writer’s Purpose: The writer’s purpose was to show the readers how difficult it was for the Pilgrims to come to America. He also  wanted to discuss all the struggles they went through just so they could have religious freedom; not to mention, how they prospered when they made peace with the Indians living on the land.

Rhetorical Devices:

Personification– the act of giving human characteristics to something that is non-human

Ex. “…with which the ship was shrewdly shaken, and her upper works made very leaky…”(par. 1)

Allusion- a reference to some fairly well-known event, place or person

Ex. “So they committed themselves to the will of God, and resolved to proceed.”(par. 1)

Simile- a device in which the writer compares two things that are already somewhat related

Ex. “… but we let one another lie and die like dogs…” (par.9)

*Source: Moliken, Paul, ed. Rhetorical Devices: A Handbook And Activities For Student Writers. Clayton, DE: Prestwick House, Inc., 2007. Print.


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