He is humorous, yet somehow finds a way to connect to his audience and engage them in the story. Barry talks directly to his audience when writing. He goes into and out of ‘academic’ style and uses informal language to make a connection to the readers. Barry makes his readers feel like they are reading a book written by a good friend, not someone they have never met before. He does this to embrace his story telling for the differences between guys and men.
This is one of the many overarching themes in the story and shows how the author’s uses of language and storytelling can show a moral lesson. The message of Rad Bradbury’s story is one about care and cooperation to solve problems. From the friends’ constant determination to look out for each other, to the uses of teamwork and intelligence to accomplish goals, the author successfully conveys his message to the reader. It shows the brilliance of the author and his use of literary devices to five a moral
Graff paints reading as an insufferable and tedious chore that must be endured and the way that one is able to complete such a task is through theoretical analysis of the text. However, some students have a passion for reading that can drive them to spend time studying and interpreting a text. This would lead to more original ideas than interpretations that are influenced by what other critics say about a text or by the reader being told how to read a text. Graff does not believe in Bloom’s idea of “just reading”: “As readers, we are necessarily concerned with both the questions posed by the text and the questions we bring to it from our own differing interests and cultural backgrounds” (46-47). While Graff views this as an unavoidable contamination of “pure” reading, I believe this can also be viewed as a unique perspective that could be lost by an introduction to literary theory.
Diction varies between text as a children’s novel will have less advanced word choice than an academic paper. In Bill Bryson’s “How You Became You”, the diction plays a major role in advancing the purpose. The usage of words in this essay is very important as the author need to find a fine balance between alienating the audience through complex words and phrases and completely losing all credibility by sounding too lax and ignorant. Bryson skillfully maneuvers through both extremes and is able to entertain the audience while sounding knowledgable. Once again, we can look to the beginning of the essay for an example of Bryson’s diction.
I agree that Berry’s ideas are revolutionary and that putting some of them into fruition will make your life better. Yet, I also believe that unplugging the TV from time to time is better than throwing away your TV. The television set should be able to accompany a family tradition, without replacing it. Although, I believe that Wendell Berry’s ideas need to be considered, I do not believe that all of Berry’s ideas are indisputably correct. In the beginning of “Family Work”, Berry grapples with the notion that our society’s ideals have changed.
Lastly, Barry uses word choice or diction to intensify his message. The passage has many significant words such as creativity, courage, confidence, passion, strength and ambition that could move the reader, or make the reader think and second guess their opinion. Using diction can help with ethos, logos, and pathos. By Barry using diction, he helps escalate and increase the readers emotion. Barry believes that science can be altered at any moment, that is why he bases science off of uncertainty.
Berry’s stories focus on the first two definitions, primarily loyalty. The first story, “Pray without Ceasing,” deals with the consistency of God’s love. He loves His people when they are at their worst just as much as when they are at their best. The only human love close to that is familial love. Fidelity allows love to be sustained through good times and bad.
In Dave Berry’s essay, “From Here On, Let Women Kill Their Own Spiders” Berry uses a number of rhetorical devices. These rhetorical devices help explain the typical stereotypes of both men and women while also satirizing them at the same time. Using devices such as sarcasm, hyperboles, and satire, as well as using the appeal, pathos, Berry greatly connects to the audience in an emotional way. The way Dave Berry writes in this whole essay is sarcastic. He starts out the essay by addressing a question a woman asked him, regarding why a man can never find a spatula, even though it is right in front of him.
Berry uses a strong emotional appeal to prove his point. The lack of credit given to the farmers. We are eluding various economic suffering, for example, disregarding the farmer's loses. Have a huge victory for one side of the spectrum. Berry uses a strong emotional appeal to prove his point about our government being dysfunctional.