It is fair to argue that dissecting one’s own ignorance is not an easy task to accomplish without a great capacity for self-analysis. In her essay “In History”, Jamaica Kincaid appears to criticize herself by exposing her ignorance and vulnerability to her readers. Why would she want to be criticized in this way? Is she challenging her readers by openly inviting them to judge her—yet also hinting at the fact that they should observe their own limitations? Indeed, this is precisely what Kincaid does, and she chooses the perfect theme through which to explore~ the flaws of her thought-process: history.
In Roxane Gay’s essay “The Illusion of Safety/The Safety of Illusion”, the argument being made here is in part the usefulness of trigger warnings, as well as the idea that everyone has a situation that is unique to them and that we need to avoid putting everyone in the same box. Because Gay’s main argument is on the usefulness of trigger warnings, it’s imperative that she convince readers that she knows what she’s talking about. Gay proves this effectively by immediately listing her triggers using a unique technique. Every sentence begins using the same word. In addition to this she doesn’t actually finish her thought.
At the time Jacoby spoke about her views on the First Amendment it was the beginning of feminists and their uprising. We now need to bring back the topic of free speech to discuss how our knowledge of our everyday aspects of our lives including healthcare and education and how it can be put at risk at the expense of censoring topics for our protection. How literal and absolute should our adherence to the First Amendment be? Although some speech is hateful and harmful, we should maintain an absolute interpretation of the First Amendment because it encourages productive debate, and censorship is a slippery slope. The first reason the First Amendment should maintain an absolute interpretation is for the fact that it encourages productive debate.
In a preambled note ‘To all Noble and Worthy Ladies’ Margaret Cavendish outlines the structure of The Blazing World by declaring “The First Part is Romancical; the Second, Philosophical; and the Third is meerly Fancy’. Through the agency of misdirection, Cavendish disregards two important ideologies which epitomise any reading of the Blazing World. These two unspoken dominant discourses are; the concept of seeking a utopia through feminism and a utopia through the ambition of personal conquest. Throughout The Blazing World, Cavendish responds to the fundamental social problems within patriarchal society and provides a respondence to these specific dilemmas through the introduction of feminism. Cavendish also depicts her ambition of personal conquest through conveying her religious, scientific and philosophical methods throughout The Blazing World.
When an author wants their writing to be persuasive they can take a number of approaches. But common to all almost all argumentative writings are appeals to logos, ethos, or pathos. A delicate balance of these appeals will ensure a compelling and effectual argument. It is largely up to the author how they decide to persuade a reader of their argument. A critical analysis of the persuasive essay “Two Ways a Woman Can Get Hurt” by Jean Kilbourne reveals a strong argument that appeals to logic, ethics, and, given the sensitive nature of the subject matter, an extensive appeal to pathos.
In her article,”Hearing the Lost Sounds of Antiquity”, journalist Adrienne LaFrance effectively uses all of the rhetorical elements in order to appeal to her audience in a specific way. LaFrance applies these elements to thoroughly explain the importance of a complicated discovery about recreating lost sounds. Even though this is an informative article, part of Adrienne LaFrance’s purpose is to intrigue readers and convince them that they are reading something worthwhile. LaFrance effectively reaches her intended purpose, mainly by keeping a balance between information and emotion, logos and pathos. LaFrance begins her article with the one sentence paragraph, “History is mostly silent to us now,” in order to draw readers in right away.
“We know what we are but not what we may be” is what William Shakespeare wrote for the character Ophelia to say when referring to the uncertainty of consensus in a knowledge claim. With such an inspirational quote, as an inquirer it could be interesting to analyze in what ways “Robust knowledge requires both consensus and disagreement”. Just like all knowledge claims they can be looked upon from an infinite number of perspectives, thus creating an undefined number of possibilities, nevertheless, to prove the validity of this assertion, it requires to be discussed with reference to two Areas Of Knowledge. The word “robust” according to the Cambridge English Dictionary is essentially the “strong and unlike to break” nature of something. Consequently,
she not only talks about America, but about the worldwide problem of not having access to feminine hygiene products. She claims that this has to change, that something about this idea has to be done, that yes, it might not be the most important things, but it cannot stay like this. She writes this article in such a simple but strong way, that you just have to agree with what she is saying. The diction is Weiss-Wolf article is really important, “We all have our stories – ranging from the funny to the mildly embarrassing to the mortifying – that revolve around
One of the major areas of debate among scholars of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is the question of Offred’s heroism. Those who see Offred as a rebel, such as Michele Lacombe, Hilde Staels, and David S. Hogsette, cite her irony, her language play, her insistence on retaining personal memories, and even the fact that she "wrote" the Tale in the first place as
Medieval People of Color is an interesting place to start our Portrayals of Medieval Women class. It begins the attack on all beliefs that we hold about the Medieval Ages by pointing out the fundamental error, that there were no people of color, in our thoughts. It makes us examine every assumption that we made in connection to medieval times and white supremacy. Examining the issue of color, which has become very dominant in today’s mindset, is a key starting point that draws people into the idea of misconceptions about the Medieval Ages. By using an issue that is prominent today, it works to draw people in and may result in further corrections about many different assumptions.