Rhetorical Strategies In Audrey's Fourth Of July

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The first rhetorical strategy present in Audrey's Fourth of July essay is seen within the first sentence. Lorde uses parallelism to connect the experience of her first visit to Washington, D.C as the indicator of her coming to age. "The first time I went to Washington, D.C., was on the edge of the summer when I was supposed to stop being a child (Lorde 1)". Her use of the words "I went" and "when I" are indicative of these two things happening at the same time. Her thoughts on the end of her childhood come into play once her graduation gift is given to her. The trip being her reward for having completed school, basically her childhood. The way she connects these separate thoughts and the evenly distributed connotation of the two, signifies
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