Nancy Mairs I Am A Cripple Analysis

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In the passage that begins “I am a cripple.” by Nancy Mairs, she describes why she chooses to identify herself and only herself as a cripple. With Mairs tone, word choice, and rhetorical structure, she is able to clearly state why she identifies as a “cripple.” Initially you can tell that Mairs has a serious tone towards her writing with a very simple, clear, and effective opening statement. Mairs opens her writing by saying “I am a cripple.” which instantaneously creates a serious tone. Mairs continues with her serious tone which keeps the reader engaged. Mairs supports her tone by addressing her issues with terms kin to cripple from simple ones such as: “handicapped” and “disabled” to the more uncommon yet euphemistic terms such as: “differently
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