Besides a clever tittle “Shitty First Draft’s” by Anne Lamott tackles the dreaded process of writing by portraying the usefulness and need of a first draft. The essay start’s by addressing a misconception many beginner writers have about those more experienced; the notion that a good writer can simply start typing and create a well-developed writing. Anne Lamott divulges the secret of good writing is a first draft. A draft that she calls the “child’s draft” allows the writer to put their ideas on paper regardless of flow or structure. The writer knows that the first is not going to be perfect, therefore relieving the apprehension in writing.
Graduation Reality Check This is a summary of David Foster Wallace’s 2005 commencement address This is Water to the Kenyon College graduating class. Wallace starts off by telling his audience that “The most obvious IMPORTANT realities are often the ones that are HARDEST to see and talk about”. This is the first of many reality checks he gives to his fellow students. His address is not the typical pomp and circumstance addresses typical heard at any college or university. Wallace draws in the adults from the audience by connecting with them only on a level that the working classes guests and parents would understand.
In his essay Santaland Diaries that was aired on NPR, David sedaris wanted to accomplish two things. First was spoof the structure and tone of exposes and create an audience for his work, because although he had had slight success in his earlier stories he needed a breakthrough to get him started. In order to accomplish these goals Sedaris included repetition, hyperbole, dark humor, innuendos, and understatements to create an essay that would entertain the audience of his NPR broadcast and get them interested in more of his work. In the beginning when Sedaris is talking about the training process of the different types of elf. In his satire of an expose he sets up the situation up Jungle-esc, where he is the inside man learning all about the people and things that go on inside the walls of Macy’s Santaland.
Authors use rhetorical writing to get their points across to the audience in a variety of ways. This particular article, Donald Trump Just Stopped Being Funny by Matt Taibbi, published on RollingStone.com on August 21, 2015, provides multiple examples of rhetorical writing. The main point the author wants to get across to the audience is clearly stated in the title, but he used many forms of rhetoric to do so. In this example, the author successfully uses rhetoric to lay out his argument to the reader. The first appeal Taibbi uses is ethos, or an ethical appeal to his audience.
Looking back at my past papers, I decided to do revise my Textual Rhetorical Analysis. I came to this decision when I noticed how weak my introductory paragraph was. I then noticed that there were other areas that I could improve on within my Textual Rhetorical Analysis. The first thing I changed was my title. Although my title gave a nice introduction to what my essay was going to be about, I thought it needed to be more intriguing.
Anne Lamott 's essay, “Shitty First Drafts” explains to its readers that all writers, even the best, can have “shitty first drafts.” The essay presents the proper writing process from the first draft to the final piece of work. Her essay is intended to encourage writers who are in need of direction when it comes to writing and to teach inexperienced writers ways to become more successful in writing. Anne Lamott uses her personal experiences to build credibility, figurative language to engage the reader and provides the reader with logical steps for the writing process. To build credibility on her processes success, Lamott uses her own personal experiences. Mentioning that she “used to write food reviews for California magazine” shows that
In The Tao of Pooh Hoff uses a unique writing style to explain the basics of Taoism, an Eastern philosophy, to Westerners. He takes A.A. Milne’s characters created for Winnie the Pooh, and uses them and their personalities as examples of the different kinds of people in this world. Written in essay form, the book includes dialogue between Hoff and the characters, making it much easier and more enjoyable to read. Hoff explains the principle ideas, starting with the un-carved block, or P’u. He goes on to describe it as everything in its simplest form, and the idea that we should strive to be that.
A third example of symbolism takes place at the boys’ second meeting; they discuss how they need a way of talking about important matters without madness. Ralph solves this matter, “I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he's speaking" (Golding 33). In this scenario the conch symbolises communication and the authority one has just by carrying this shell. The boys come up with a way to make their meeting a little more civil and orderly.
Truly successful authors have the ability to convey their view of a place without actually saying it, to portray a landscape in a certain light simply by describing it. In the provided excerpt taken from the opening paragraphs of “Shame,” Dick Gregory does just this. Through his use of stylistic elements such as selection of detail, old-fashioned language, repetition of words and simple sentences, Gregory reveals the shame within being poor setting the stage for a periodic ending. Beginning in the first paragraph of the passage, Gregory selects the two most simple sentences introducing the shame saying, “ I never learned hate at home, or shame. I had to go to school for that” (1).
The essay written by Sherman Alexie, uses many rhetorical devices to persuade the readers to help educate many who don’t get the opportunity to learn. One of the main rhetorical devices used in this essay was simple syntax. The sentences were quite short in many places. This was done to put emphasis on his childhood, and his experience with learning to read. In paragraph three Alexie uses lots of analogy.
Another check for “skimability” is the first sentence method where each first sentence of every paragraph is read to ensure the flow of ideas is easy to follow. (Line 41): Since the issue of ventilation of exhaust fumes is the topic of the sentence, then the sentence can be restructured to move it to the subject or even the action verb of the sentence to keep the focus on the exhaust fumes being problematic. (Lines 44-46): The initial claim of the sentence about the significant impact should be reiterated at the end of the paragraph. It should be somehow incorporated into or placed after the final sentence already present. (Lines 55-59): Opposing the ideas of making the smooth transitions, designing paragraphs calls for the closure of a paragraph rather than the linkage between two paragraphs.
In our English 12 class, we have to do a rhetorical analysis of the Steve Jobs commencement speech that he delivered to the Stanford Graduating students of class 2005. In this analysis essay, we have to look for the strategies that the author used in his text to make his audience understand his claim that he made in his speech. Moreover, we did the SOAPSTone and the close read of the article to have a better understanding of the text. Consequently, we look for the ethos, pathos, logos, and literary devices that the author used to prove his point. I learned a lot through this assignment.
Readers can gain a deeper understanding and gain further insight into the meaning of the story of the letters when they consider The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The Ancient Mariner was once adventurous, but now he is cursed with knowledge that he must tell random people, as shown when the author says, “He holds him with his glittering eye-- The Wedding-Guest stood still, And listens like a three years’ child. The Mariner hath his will.”(Coleridge, First Part) This correlates to the letters when Mary writes, “He is so gentle, yet so wise; his mind is so cultivated and when he speaks, although his words are culled with the choicest art, yet they flow with the rapidity and unparalleled eloquence.”(Mary Shelley, pg. 13) The Mariner shoots the Albatross and things clear up, but harsh consequences are right around the corner, “In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud, It perched for vespers nine; Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white, Glimmered the white Moon-shine… Why look’st thou so?-- With my cross-bow I shot the ALBATROSS.”(Coleridge, First Part) Robert directly talks about this scene when he says, “I am going to unexplored regions, to “the land of mist and snow,” but I shall kill no albatross; therefore do not be alarmed for my safety or if I should come back to you as worn and woeful as the Ancient Mariner.” (Mary Shelley, pg.
It has been agreed upon between both sides that the Shakespeare of Stratford went to grammar school- the equivalent of elementary school if you live in America- but that is where the disagreements start. According to Simon Schama, Stratfordians believe that Shakespeare possessed the capability to write his extraordinary plays because he studied works of classic literature written by authors such as Cicero, Virgil, and Plutarch. Since Stratfordians believe that ”most of his plays were adapted from earlier works,” he could have been creative enough to write all of the works in his name (Farouky, 2). On the other hand, the Anti-Stratfordians say that there is no proof that the Shakespeare of Stratford was even literate, as there are only 6 surviving copies of signature, all of which are almost illegible (Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship,1). Some of these signatures are even spelled differently than the rest.
As our final assignment for cornerstone we were tasked with revising our rhetorical analysis. I received a B, 81%, and by the end of my revisions have “A” quality work. During recent assignments and papers for other classes I realized the thesis was one of the first few sentences in the paper. As I was reading my paper I noticed that the purpose of the author writing this wasn 't until almost halfway into the first paragraph. My first revision was to put “The purpose of this article was for the author, Emily Heyer, to express her thoughts and opinions for gay marriage, and to share her views on why Iowa should have been pro gay marriage in 2011.” as the second sentence and make it flow.