In the passage, “Cripple,” by Nancy Mairs, an author with multiple sclerosis. She talk about how she is crippled. The way she presents herself emphasizes how she has gone through with much of the discrimination and hardships, and that it show through her blunt and bitter writing, her word choice mainly using “I,” and “I’m,” to emphasize herself as the main subject in the passage. In the passage, Mairs makes it clear that she is the main subject for the essay. Her word structure makes it so that the audience know this essay is about her, and that she has gone through much pain and suffering on this matter.
Harriet Tubman and Maya Angelou have many things in common, including the theme of never giving up in difficult times in their lives. Maya Angelou returned from her mother’s house once depressed, she wouldn't talk to anyone. She fought through this tough time through reading, which showed the theme of never giving up. Harriet Tubman a woman many traits but her best was never giving no matter what came her way. In many ways these woman are one in the same.
Nancy Mairs forces a sharp-witted and blunt tone on the reader in her essay, “On Being A Cripple.” A new perspective is explored, on being disabled as well as the word “crippled” which is found offensive by most of society. While keeping the piece light and relatable, she shines a light on the guilty pity thrown on the disabled, treatment no one asks for. Although it is a generally light piece, Mairs uses humor, anecdotes, and diction to improve the treatment of physically disabled. Humor- Mairs lives with multiple sclerosis, and when the reader realizes this it immediately makes them feel sympathy for her. She immediately extinguishes that reaction by using humor to lighten the mood, showing the reader that being crippled does not have to be such a depressing subject.
Susan speaks about how important it is for everyone, not just the disabled, to figure out what their true strengths are and to use those strengths to their advantage at all times. She mentions how even though she is visually impaired she is able to process extreme volumes of information quickly and to” ‘see’ what other people don’t” (Robinson, 2016). The main point I found important from her speech is when she says “I hate the word disabled when its used to describe people. It detonates a mindset of less-than that disregards capacity, ability and potential.” (Robinson, 2016) This quote speaks volumes to the way society views the disabled.
In the passage Nancy Mairs calls herself cripple. She uses different rhetorical mode and devices such as similes to the reader an emotional appeal. In the passage cripple is used to symbolize handicap and disabled. This gives the reader an emotional appeal to how she’s feeling. Nancy Mairs being called handicap lowers confidence, making her feel weak.
Harriet McBryde Johnson also has a valuable perspective on disability representation and treatment that she argues in her essay “Should I Have Been Killed at Birth?”. As someone who struggles with a physical disability that caused her back to form a “S-curve”, Johnson describes how people “think they know everything there is to know, just by looking at me” (Johnson). Moreover, Johnson exemplifies a
Nancy Mairs is successful in using detailed imagery, diction, and tone to educate her readers about the difficulties of living with a disability. Nancy mairs makes a distinctive choice of diction when talking about her disease. When she introduces her disease to her readers she says, “I am a cripple. I
In comparison, Helen Keller is also a fortitudinous person because she never gave up and continued to be strong despite losing both her hearing and vision as a child. For example, “despite her loss of sight and hearing Keller learned to do small tasks such as folding laundry and getting things for her mother. She invented a system of signs to make her wishes known”(UXL Biographies). This fact portrays Keller to be fortitudinous because she participated in helping even though she needs helping herself. Also, despite being blind and deaf, Keller is able to create her own way of communications which indicates that she is not letting herself be limited to what she can access.
In “On Being a Cripple,” Nancy Mairs discusses the language of American society while including personal accounts of her struggle with multiple sclerosis (MS). Mairs presents herself as a proud individual through her utterly defiant personality, her word choice in deciding to identify as a cripple, and explaining why other socially accepted euphemisms do not define her. Mairs makes it clear that she is a cripple and only wants to be identified as one by stating that “Whatever you call me, I remained crippled.” To her, identifying with the word “cripple” makes her tough, like a cancer survivor. She throws the idea right back at American society that she does not want to be identified as “handicapped” or “disabled”. She
In conclusion reading about what Esperanza says, does and thinks she is a faultfinding person. The reason I have characterized her as a faultfinding person is because based on what she says does and thinks you can see her finding faults from everyone and everything. As I stated earlier, Esperanza goes to the entire chapter finding the faults of everyone and everything. She finds the faults in Rachel and Lucy. the lady and her house, she even corrects rachels way of speaking in this chapter.