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A Letter from Mary Ewald - Rhetorical Analysis

            Caring mother Mary Ewald wrote a letter to President Saddam Hussein, attempting to inform him of her kidnapped son Thomas Ewald. Ewald supports her argument with ideas such as, that she allied with him and his people with her work throughout her life and not only that but also that her son is severely crippled with asthma. Ewald has high hopes that Hussein will step up and help get her son returned; writing with a formal and sentimental tone. In Ewald's first paragraph she avoids description and pertains to her only message directly; doing this in order to portray firmness and to avoid confusion for Hussein. Ewald's introduction consists of only two sentences, this is purposeful, to get straight to the point of her kidnapped son. Ewald uses concrete diction by stating facts at the beginning of her sentences such as "He was taken," and firm phrases such as; "I am writing to you" making it so there is no confusion as to her purpose for sending the letter to Hussein. Ewald 's letter overall is short as well because she in hopes wants to demonstrate urgency throughout. .
             Ewald continues on from her introduction to describe her doings for not only the Arab people but for Hussein himself as well as the country. She gives examples of the work that she herself has done as "President of the Radcliffe (Harvard) Club of Washington" and her family as well, for the Arabs in his country. Ewald uses unifying diction throughout this portion of her letter. For example she uses; "Staunch friend," and "Our cultures;" in order to draw connection to Hussein and propose her idea that she is allied with him and his people. This personal aspect that Ewald portrays conveys yet more reasoning and convincing to Hussein for him to help her in this case because she sides with him.
             Throughout Ewald's letter you gain notice of her formality as well. Ewald presents her knowledge in things such as religion and Muslim culture.

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