Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus, the author of the poem “The New Colossus”, uses diction to effectively convey the message that America accepts all immigrants and helps them to find a better life. An example of this is when Lazarus writes, “From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome…” (line 6-7). This means that the Statue of Liberty welcomes all people from all over the world. Furthermore, the monument encourages immigrants to settle in America regardless of their origin, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, beliefs, or abnormality. In addition to focusing on tolerance and generosity, Emma Lazarus famously includes, “Give me… your huddled masses yearning to breathe free… Send these, the homeless, the tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” (line 9-14). This symbolises the importance of immigration due to the fact that immigration allows people, who are in danger due to famine, poverty, war, and any other persecutions, to seek a safe place to live. Not only that, America is a country that follows core principles based on freedom and equality. In essence, immigrants would be fairly treated compared to regular US citizens, meaning that they would start a new life and move on successfully. Therefore, Lazarus’s use of diction persuasively attracts immigrants to come to the United States to seek shelter and have a better life.