As a reader one has to know what to look for and identify the main idea and understand what the author is trying to argue. Before taking Writing 10 I felt I was a good reader and able to identify the main idea in a prompt, but little did I really know. After going through the research process and trying to identify reliable sources I have essentially cut out the unnecessary information and I go straight to the idea or argument being made by the author. As of before, I would focus on every detail of the writing. Having been assigned readings and having discussions about the readings during class, I soon realized that writing is about an argument being made with supporting evidence.
To crave something is to have a strong desire for something: Food, shelter, and other items necessary for survival are things people commonly crave. Many people have cravings for wanted items such as vehicles, phones, clothes, etc.; however, people can overlook cravings that relate to an individual's emotions at times since you can’t physically have it. Cravings for simplistic, abstract, and symbolic things as well as the desire to have tangible wants finalize the complexity of the word. To crave something is far beyond a desire for food, but instead a symbol for nourishment.
Kathryn Stockett, the author of The Help uses imagery to help the reader better comprehend the meaning of the passage. As the reader reads along in the passage reading about little Miss Skeeter, “Munching on peanuts, sorting through the pieces spread out on the table, a storm [raging] outside (Stockett 77). Through this imagery that the author provides the reader is instantly transformed into the world of little Miss Skeeter as she is sitting down by Constantine on a dark stormy night doing a puzzle. The reader can hear the crunch of the peanuts and smell the rain coming from outside as they read the passage. Stockett also uses diction to contribute to the imagery of the passage.
My definition of rhetoric before the readings was simply: successful written or oral communication with a clear purpose & audience in mind. After completing the readings, I have decided that is not specific enough and does not encompass what rhetoric really is. The readings by Crusus, Channell, and Drucker helped establish a clear relationship between argument, “mature reasoning”, and communication as a mode used to communicate. Both of the readings provided a clearer understanding of argument and communication, key components to rhetoric, but did not change my definition until I read “The Rhetorical Situation” by Bitzer. The idea of a rhetorical situation, provided a clear application of the question: “What is rhetoric?”
A Not so Modest Proposal Well known, political analyst, Jonathan Swift, in his persuasive writing, “ a Modest Proposal”, coaxed for the proposition of making children of poor families be deemed beneficial by selling them as food to rich families during the Irish famine. Swift’s purpose is to enlighten the Irish and their government about the substantial poverty level through sardonic satire. He adopts a facetious tone in order to shock the readers with disturbing and morally untenable positions to reach the attention to the Irish government about the living conditions in Dublin. Swift begins his persuasive proposal by analyzing that the environment in Dublin is permeated with those living in a deplorable state.
As Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Donovan Livingston, a graduate at Harvard Graduate School of Education, has similar views on education. His passionate and inspiring speech called “Lift Off” was given at HGSE’s Commencement Ceremony on May 25, 2016. The speech discusses the importance of education as well as the obstacles and injustices students, especially those of color, have experienced throughout history in getting an education. Livingston’s graduating classmates who are becoming teachers, as well as teachers and educators in general, are the audience of his speech.
The rhetorical analysis uses strategies for readers to point out the author’s main statements or arguments, that are written in their article or book, which can be more helpful for a better understanding. In Goode’s article, “More in College Seek Help For Psychological Problems,” she used a mixture of process analysis, cause and effect, logos, and ethos, which resulted in a outstanding article in the field of mental health. By using these strategies, Goode had accomplished of spreading the awareness of depression, stress, and high levels of anxiety among university students, and stopped the stigma of mental health, which produces a higher rate of graduates. The implication of my analysis was to recognize the message of Goode’s article and observe the use of strategies that were given in the rhetorical analysis. I gained the experience of writing a professional document, since I know the strategies of knowing if an article or text is a reliable source, which can be very useful in my other classes.
Q1) The writer’s main contention is that it should be made illegal for politicians to tell lies that mislead the general public. The three supporting arguments include: Anyone who knowingly lies in a court of law can be legally prosecuted, and politicians lies can have more implications on the general public than this. Politician’s lies have a vast effect on the democratic system and hence our society in general.
The Detriment of Science Exploration As described in the Leviathan by 17th century political philosopher, Thomas Hobbes, humans are "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short" (Hobbes). Hobbes believed that humans are inherently flawed, and will naturally create anarchy amongst themselves due to their nature. In the novel Brave New World written by Aldous Huxley in 1931, the world controller of the state, Mustapha Mond, manifests this idea through the rhetorical question, "What 's the point of truth or beauty of knowledge when the anthrax bombs are popping all around you"(Huxley 228)? As science was explored unrestrictedly, citizens of the World State began to fight each other. Although Mond 's argument ultimately leads to the sacrifice of
Introducing me to recruiters is a rhetorical situation. The rhetorical situation is different from school, because it needs more professional explanations on why I desire the job and how I can make more contributions to the company. Introducing me to recruiters is more difficult than I deliver a speech at a school, because the audiences have a more strict evaluation standard than teachers’ standard. Audiences need to know my real work competencies, communication skills and what benefits that I can produce, and they are professional and rigid. I want to obtain their attentions, making them know that I am an excellent applicant.
Be Brave. Remember that bravery is not the lack of fear but the ability to move forward in spite of fear. “Rikki-Tikki had sprung, jumped on the snake’s back,dropped his head far between his forelegs, bitten as high up the back as he could get hold, and rolled away.” Rikki-Tikki did that even though he wasn’t sure he would have done it right if he would die or not. The theme of the fictional story Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling is that you would do anything for the people you love.