Is college still important and relevant? The question is answered and confirmed when Liz Addison, author of “Two Years Are Better than Four”, wrote a counter argument in order to disprove the opposing views of Rick Perlstein, the author of, “What’s the Matter with College”. The topic that is being brought to light is the subject of whether or not college still matters. Perlstein that college is no longer what it used to be. It was after reading Perlstein’s article that Addison masterfully wrote her counter argument which successfully contradicted the opinionated, inaccurate views of Rick Perlstein. Although Rick Perlstein and Liz Addison both wrote their article with the same purpose of appealing to the readers’ sense of emotion, credibility
Lieutenant Nun: Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World is a memoir by Catalina de Erauso detailing her experiences during the early 1600’s in South America and Spain. She was born in 1585 into a well off Basque family and her parents were native-born residents of San Sebastian Spain. This book is one of the earliest known autobiographies by a woman and details the events that took places when Catalina escaped a Basque convent dressed as a man. During this time she served as soldier in the Spanish army, traveling to Peru and Chile, and even becoming a gambler. Being that my major falls under sociology, I will be looking at themes surrounding the constraints of females in Spanish society in the 1600’s and how this affects Catalina.
As she elaborates on her idea of how women should be displayed she refers to a book called The Body Project, an intimate history of girls by Joan Jacobs Brumberg to gain credibility and build up her argument, that way the audience will realize that there is a problem that is occurring. Lipkin agrees with Joan’s idea of how girls body parts have become a “project” to fix and mold. By having Brumberg’s opinion in the essay and Lipkin elaborating on those ideas it shows that Lipkin has a concerned attitude and allows her tone to be consistent throughout her entire essay. Lipkin also uses rhetorical strategies that are blended together to support her evidence the strategies used are ethos, pathos, and
This passage is from the book Cinderella Ate My Daughter, by Peggy Orenstein. The overall purpose of this book is to inform the readers of the stereotypes girls must face as adolescents. The author is able to express her opinion as a parent and give advice to other parents with daughters of how to overcome the stereotypes so girls do not succumb to the girly culture that bombards the media. The book touches on Orenstein’s role as a mother to her daughter Daisy and the challenges she faces due to all the stereotypes for young girls. This passage focuses on girls conforming to the stereotype regarding pink is the color for females.
A woman dresses as a man who is pretending to be a woman. She is a flamboyant drag queen one day and a staunch feminist the next, an admired trendsetter and a shunned deviant. Her behavior varies with those she interacts with—if they admire intellectualism, she speaks of Monet, quantum mechanics, and Ulysses; if they appreciate a raunchy sense of humor, she mirrors their uncouth gregariousness. She has multiple identities of both gender and personality. They are all authentically hers—some were bequeathed to her and others she chose. She perpetually swaps these identities, plucking the one she wants as if it is clothing on a rack and she is dressing for the occasion. Her life is a haphazard collage of selves, or “masks”: a web of lies and truths.
Rhetorical devices in writing often can make or break an author’s work. In Barbara Jordan’s autobiography Becoming Educated she uses a wide selection of strong rhetorical strategies that further prove her point, but two in particular reinforce the story. The perspective she gives to her story and her experience draw the reader in and make the work seem more personal. At the same time that her work reads as a casual conversation, her professional diction strengthens her character.
Starting as a precocious three-year-old child, to ending as a very successful writer, Jeannette Walls recounts the eventful childhood she had in her 2005 memoir, The Glass Castle. Walls’ unconventional, nomadic, and less-fortunate upbringing is told in detail that makes it easy for one to imagine themselves right along side her throughout her adventurous past. Walls grew up constantly “doing the skedaddle” around America with her dysfunctional parents, whose views on life are not exactly typical (Walls 17). Even so, Walls managed to write about her parents using an immense amount of respect, which must have been very difficult at times. Her mother struggles to support her family financially, yet supports them with inspirational advice. The
When it comes down to it the way you lie and the purpose behind your lies, are dependent on your moral and ethical values as an individual. Whether you are five years old or fifty years old, you have told a lie at some point in your life. Despite the inability of us humans to avoid lying, we all lie for different reasons. According to “ The Truth About Lying”, Judith Viorst believes in various types of lies such as protective lies, social lies, truth-keeping lies, and peacekeeping lies. In the very first sentence Viorst explained how difficult it was for her to write about this. “I’ve been waiting to write on a subject that intrigues and challenges me; the subject of lying. I’ve found it very difficult to do.” (Viorst,
In Patricia J. Williams article Are we worried about Storm's identity or our own? she repeatedly questions, who's identity we're really worried about. Throughout the story she argues and defends how people should be identified. Giving reasoning on why we shouldn’t critize based on people backgrounds. Giving a statement on why everyone should be treated equally and continuosly expressing her feelings about how she feels as both a mother and a writer. And still asking "are we worried about Storms identity or our own?, so we question ourselves at the end.
The LGBTQ community is one that faces an ongoing storm of stereotyping and stigmas and the media is no relief from it. One major factor in this is the common trope of the violent and aggressive transgender woman, which is often shown through
Alice Ann Munro is a Canadian short story writer and a Nobel Prize winner. Munro is famous for writing the short stories that has revolutionized its architecture, especially in its tendency to move forward and backward. Her narratives feel very private and intimate. The characters in her stories are always in search of revelation. The stories she writes are often social critiques that take place around Huron County, Ontario, where she lives. Her central themes are love and work and the balance between the two; her characters are unsophisticated yet relatable. Her collection of short stories Dear Life talks about the social background and gender roles.
To redefine something means to reexamine or reevaluate especially with a view to change. In the case of Janet Mock she is redefining the beliefs of transgender women. She is staying away from society's belief and judgments about what's real and accepted versus what's not. The question of “realness” is the main theme of the memoir by Janet Mock. “To embody ''realness," rather than performing and competing "realness" enables trans women to enter spaces with a lower risk of being rebutted or questioned, policed or attacked. "Realness" is a pathway to survival, and the heaviness of these truths were a lot for a thirteen-year-old to carry" (116). Over time, for Janet being “real” means living in her truth, participating in loving relationships,
A series of black and white photographs, Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills look similar to snapshots from 1950 B-Grade Hollywood Films. Untitled Film Still #48 seems to have spurned from a film set in the country, as indicated by the plaid skirt Sherman is wearing. Standing beneath an overcast sky, her hands behind her back, she looks vulnerable and defenceless. The dark shapes of the trees and the shadows over the road and in the background stand erect, dominating her. The vulnerability that Sherman exudes seems to indicate woman’s dependence on man, because although she seems unaware of any danger, the presence of a man in the picture would restore a sense of protection around her. This innocence is symbolised through the stark white shirt, and her light blonde hair in contrast to the dark background. Underneath the overcast sky with the looming landscape, her innocence shines like a light in the shadows, representing goodness in a dark world. A goodness that needs protection, so the wind does not blow it out. Sherman places herself so she is observed by the viewer, her face turned away from the camera, appearing unaware of the camera.