In the title alone underlying tones are evident. The disease was scary at first, mostly because of the fear of the unknown, of the future. Social identity is the one of many controversial and complex problems that many individuals deal with. This section contains 288 words approx. However, Mairs also wrote it in this way to amuse herself. By speaking honestly and bluntly, Mairs gains the sympathies of her audience.
Kelley uses several rhetorical devices such as imagery, diction, and pathos to pull her audience into the issue and invites them to join her efforts. It is important to recognize how figures of speech affect readers and… face it, we all know that it is alway fat, it is never chubby. What better way to deal with a hardship then making jokes about it? Nancy Mairs starts her essay by describing herself as a crippled woman with multiple sclerosis. Although this is true, society still has further to go than it believes. You pointed out some prevelent aspects on this article that were not brought up in class, but were great topics to elaborate on. Some can even affect your senses.
Then she mentions some television shows about disabled people that focus. The rhetorical analysis differed from the other assignments by being more subjective. On the other hand, Nancy Mairs fights a physical obstacle. These euphemisms for her condition cause people to view her as something she isn't. In this essay, Nancy Mairs shows how disabled people are constantly excluded, especially from the media. Mairs uses different rhetorical structure to relate to her audience and convey her message. Mairs describes the diagnosis early on, the kind of person she was before, and how that has changed and not changed since her illness.
Her remarkable personality shows in many of her essays especially in Disability which was first published in 1987 in the New York Times. What kind of support matters most for the speaker? She uses an optimistic tone, so that the reader will not recoil with sadness when they hear her discuss the disease and how it affects her life. It has an honorable history, having made its first appearance in the Lindisfarne Gospel in the tenth century. Mairs keeps the reader off-balance, just as she is kept off-balance by the twists and turns of an unpredictable disease. It is Nancy Mairs choice that she is comfortable with. By speaking honestly and bluntly, Mairs gains the sympathies of her audience. It helped with formulating the suspected reactions of reading the two articles.
Mairs hopes that she will be able to continue living the life that she is. People with disabilities will find it difficult to participate in ordinary activities. This disease is not just a besetment, it is a part of her life. Physical journeys leave impressions on you and what you learn is only relevant during that period of time, for instance if you are temporarily disabled. As a woman and a feminist, Mairs acknowledges the psychological effects of being crippled, especially the self-deprecation and body image issues that come as a result of being crippled in a society with a narrow concept of beauty. The average, able-bodied person must have a different perspective than a handicapped person, on the quality of life of a physically disabled person. Instead, she accepts her condition, makes the most of it, and wears the title on her back with pride.
It also could frame an exploration of the complexities of service—whether given or received. Nancy talks about two disabled women she knows. She makes it clear that she is not to be defined solely by her disability. But if we continue to keep positive thoughts we could all relate to Mairs. Like Nancy Mairs essay they both have a comical tone which helps to engage the reader a little bit more.
There could be more elaboration on what other word s she chooses to use and how this adds to the tone of her article, but overall was a strong response. Nancy says she is lucky to have people around who understand her disability and make life easier for her. This paper would reflect on these similarities particularly in terms of the author, message and the targeted audience. She begins by coming straight out into the open with who she is and how she wants the world to view her. There are many reasons that this is done.
Mairs gives an example of a time when she lost her composure and screams out,I'm so sick of being a cripple!? These words seem to me to be moving away from my condition, to be widening the gap between word and reality. It is not an illness. Disability shouldn't be a let down. She talks about her dependence on her family and how good her family treated her. She is a victim of multiple sclerosis and feels inferior to everyone because she has a disability. She was awarded the 1984 Western States Book Award in poetry for I n All the Rooms of the Yellow House and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1991.