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J Hector St John De Crevecoeur came to America in 1759 and in1769 settled in New York inhabiting the life of an American farmer Naturally being given a fresh start in the world De Crevecoeur wanted to achieve the role of an ideal American This role for him was not to become an eminent businessman or a wealthy landlord but a simple orderly farmer De Crevecoeur undoubtedly saw the utopian society revolving around the farming industry Instead of speaking as himself De Crevecoeur relays his feeling and thoughts through a fictitious character farmer James Philbrick describes the farmer as a figure endowed with a depth and complexity sufficient to persuade us that he moves and breathes and is not merely the mask through which the auctorial voice speaks 75 In Letters from an American Farmer through this fictitious character De Crevecoeur displays his view of this perfect agrarian society Throughout the letters by using plant metaphors and describi ng the other industries James makes it clear that he truly believes farming is the perfect way of life In De Crevecoeurs third essay entitled What it is to be an American farmer James begins to describe his new land As this life of new opportunity has opened up to him he is overwhelmed with the beauty and aesthetic value of this land that he can now call his own The way the farmer thinks is an indication of his agrarian love When describing his new country he does not dwell on the social aspects or the well-to-do housing but rather describes the land that lies before him Extensive fields an immense country filled with decent houses good roads orchards and meadows De Crevecoeur 641 Still describing America except in contrast to Europe he relates the men to plants saying in Europe they were as so many useless plants wanting vegetative mold and refreshing showers they withered and were mowed down by want
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