Rhetorical Techniques In Bob Greene's Cut

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In the short story, “Cut” the author, Bob Greene, came to a realization early in his life that shaped him into the person he is today and later discovered that others were affected by a similar situation. His purpose was different than a typical author as he acted as a distributor of information for the reader and didn’t serve the purpose to explain. Bob Greene utilized many rhetorical strategies in his writing such as first person narrative, repetition in the structure, as well as tone and diction in order to deliver his purpose more effectively and to further connect his ideas with the audience. Similar to many other books and stories the structure that included excerpts by successful men across the country played a huge role in…show more content…
Each memory of getting cut contains a different tone as well as diction due to the fact that all of these men are different people who live different lifestyles with different jobs. Greene’s emphasis on different attributes of these men further develops his thesis that shows how these men can come from different worlds yet have a similar mindset due to one life changing event. Greene incorporates these techniques to have the reader further focus on themes and ideas rather than himself as an author. He also creates a different persona so the readers stays interested instead of feeling like it’s too repetitive. While incorporating devices such as tone and diction, Greene is able to further connect with the audience and display his central theme that can be found by the audience by looking at the rhetorical devices he uses. While the short story, “Cut” doesn’t have many traditional author opinions that readers are used to, Bob Greene develops his central claim that is detected by the use of rhetorical devices. Greene’s choice of showing the reader examples of stories that sparked the motivational mindset of these men instead of analyzing these stories help display a clearer thesis while shifting the attention off of him as an

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