An Analysis Of Carmen Febo-San Miguel's Essay 'I Believe'

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In these “I Believe” essays, the authors implement quite a variety of rhetorical strategies. The three authors use personal stories, evidence of their claims, and personal secrets to appeal to their audience. “Culture, Practice, and Transformation”, and “The Power of Mysteries” employ a variety of rhetorical strategies and these strategies are used for a variety of reasons. “Culture, Practice, and Transformation”, by Carmen Febo-San Miguel, is about her belief that culture is a necessity. The author believes her culture is a piece of her that she should have pride for, not get ridiculed because of. In the first paragraph, she utilizes her main rhetorical strategy. Without this tactic, she possibly would not engage many readers outside of…show more content…
By gaining this connection, the reader is likely open to the rest of the essay. Febo-San Miguel continues with a few personal stories, attempting to further grasp the reader’s emotions. The author gives evidence to her claim that we all should embrace our…show more content…
Without questions, Lightman believes there would be no reason to search for the unknowns of the world, something that gives him such great pleasure. In the second paragraph, Lightman brings up a phase that nearly all humans experience, asking “why” questions. He recalls a question he asked while staring at the stars, “How far away were those tiny points of light?” This example takes the reader back to their own “why” questions, which appeals highly to most readers. His strategy of evoking a reader’s emotions works beautifully, because it appeals to such a wide variety of readers. He uses this strategy to grasp the reader’s attention for the remainder of his essay. Lightman does not stop holding the reader as he asks similar “why” questions and explains what these questions have done for his life in the preceding two paragraphs. In the fifth paragraph, he uses a quote from Albert Einstein, “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” Lightman follows this quote with his personal explanation of Einstein’s quote; this is effective because many readers are interested to hear a view on a famous quote. If Lightman would have chosen a less popular quote, some readers would be left focusing on the quote instead of the authors explanation. The author uses the rest of his essay to

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