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AP English On Being Cripple
By: Nancy Mairs Biography of Nancy Mairs Nancy Mairs was born in Long Beach, California in 1943. She was raised north of Boston Massachusetts. Nancy is a poet, essayist and a teacher. She has written personal essays about being crippled. Summary of On Being Cripple On Being Cripple is about living your life as a crippled. She first explains on how she became crippled. Then she gives her emotions about being crippled. She compares her life before she was crippled to now that she is crippled. She also explains the positives and negatives about being crippled. SOAPSTONE Speaker- She was crippled. She does not feel bad for herself about being crippled.
Occasion- She wrote this essay to share her story about being crippled.
Audience- Someone who is crippled could read this. Or if someone lost an advantage to their daily living. i.e blindeness, death, paralyzed.
Purpose- Her purpose was to inform us about the life of being crippled. A goal of hers could be that someone could make it through their day while being crippled.
Subject- She is learning how to live her life with being crippled.
Tone- Accepting: "And I refuse to participate in the degeneration of the language to the extent that I deny that I have lost anything in the course of this calamitous disease; i refuse to pretend that the only differences between you and me are the various ordinary ones that distinguish any one person from another."
She is accepting to the fact that she is crippled and she can't change it, She refuses to let people compare themselves to her because she is crippled. Rhetorical Devices Irony: In the first paragraph, she was thinking about writing an essay on being crippled. She was not crippled at this time. It is ironic how she was thinking about writing being crippled then after that thought she became crippled.
Metaphor: "Lest I begin to sound like Pollyanna, however, let me say that I don't like having MS.
Ethos: Nancy has personal experince with being crippled. She gave us personal history of her and compared her old life and her new life.
Pathos: The claim she is trying to make is don't let a major change like this change your life. She tells us her life before and after being crippled. She explains how she does do most of the same stuff she was doing before. Just because your crippled that don't mean you have to stop living your life.
Pathos: She wants the audience to see her accpentince in being crippled. She doesn't want them to have pity for her. She wants them to see the strong woman she is. Connection This reminds me of the character Artie in the show Glee. Artie was crippled. He had to do things different from the rest of the teens. He had to do different moves when it came to dancing in their preformances. Nancy is crippled just like Artie. She had to live a little different. But neither of them want pity on their case. They both accept it. Diction and Syntax The author's choice of words are very simple. She doesn't use complex vocabulary. The author uses a lot of tranitions within the essay. For example, she started the second papragraph with the sentence; First, the matter of semantics.