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AP Lang prezi

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Daniel Cochran

on 23 January 2012

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This letter was written by Samuel Johnson in response to a woman who had asked him to obtain the archbishop of Canterbury’s patronage to have her son sent to the university. Read the letter carefully. Then write an essay in which you analyze how Johnson crafts his denial of the woman’s request. PROMPT: OUR PLAN By Daniel And Maggie
The prompt tells us to analyze how Johnson tells this mother that he can not help her son get in to the University. We need to identify the rehtorical strategies that he uses to explain and deliver his message. Techniques and Strategies Samuel Johnson uses Juxtaposition by setting the mother up, with giving her hope and happiness, then letting her down by saying there will be pain and disappointment.
"Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords: but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain; and expectations improperly indulged, must end in disappointment." Mr. Johnson sets the mother up by being nice and giving her hope. Then, he is straight forward and uses lodgic to explain why he cannot complete her request.
After Johnson uses logic and reasoning to explain why, and after being somewhat rude, in the final paragraph he lets her down easy and tries to make things more peaceful. He does this by telling her that she has a good son and that there is hope for him. "I have seen your son this morning; he seems a pretty youth..." One way that he is straight forward, is when he explains how hard it is for him to ask the archbishop a question like that. "When you made your request to me, you should have considered, Madam, what you were asking. You ask me to solicit a great man, to whom I never spoke, for a young person whom I had never seen upon a supposition which i had no means of knowing to be true."
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