Rhetorical Analysis Of Fire And Ice By Alexis Vigil

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Fire and Ice (but mostly water)- A Rhetorical Analysis In the creative essay, “Fire and Ice (but mostly water)” (2016), the author, Alexis Vigil, informs that life was created by random changes in the cosmos and spontaneous events on the Earth. The author supports her claims by providing a historical location as well as accounts of events. Her purpose is to tell readers how their lives came to be– and sadly how they will be destroyed. The author writes in a blunt tone for the people of Earth to learn the truth of where it is they came. Alexis was in fact born in Salt Lake City, Utah at Saint Mark's hospital. She grew up in a small town just west of Salt Lake called Tooele, Utah. She spent much of her childhood near the Great Salt Lake playing on the shore, exploring, collecting, and watching the sun set over the water. It…show more content…
Just like Anaya, Alexis seemed to have undergone “primal experiences” during her childhood. Anaya says “The child occupies the space of first awareness, and thus, the child is closer in spirit to the historical dawning of first awareness of humankind on earth… The child is a story teller.” (1). So Alexis could have, very much so, had a connection to the Great Salt Lake and understood the idea of life originating from there. Both of their writing pieces hold the same central ideas and resembling themes. Alexis proves that so much culture has been lost and that this is the root for many of our problems today. Anaya and Vigil both show regret: “The school was telling me that folkways and stories were not important enough to be in the classroom. I was filled with sadness.” (Anaya 5). “Now I must tell you the pitiful but very really, very true, part of the story. Overtime, the Merpeople began to forget where they had come from.” (Vigil 3). Like Anaya, Alexis also identifies how important history is because people deserve to know their

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