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Rhetorical Analysis

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Stephanie Bush

on 3 October 2012

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Transcript of Rhetorical Analysis

Convergences (p 187-197) and Persepolis (p 1-53) Rhetorical Analysis for: by Johanna Litke and Stephanie Bush Mini- Narratives - A mini-narrative is a condensed story composed of limited words.

- Mini-narratives have the potential to generate reflection, emotions, or intrigue.

- Clarity and conciseness in word choice and usage are critical in creating mini-narratives.

- Mini-narratives can include verbal and visual elements. Types Cartoons
Shopping lists
To-do lists
Text messages
Newspaper headlines
Commercials - Ernest Hemingway created a very powerful mini-narrative.
- “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
- Although it is only six words, it compels the audience to fill in the missing details. Example - The first part of Persepolis, pages 1-53, is one part of a completed book.

- This section, itself, tells a story; there is an exposition, rising action, and a climax.

- Within these pages, there are countless mini-narratives. Persepolis - Each frame of the book can be considered a mini-narrative.
- For example, on page six, the first frame tells a story.
- The frame is divided in half. One half shows Marjane Satrapi wearing a veil. The other half shows Marjane without a veil.
- This frame shows the contrast between Eastern and Western, fundamental and progressive, and religious and secular ways. Mini-narratives in Persepolis In the mini-narratives on pages 189 and 190, six words are used to create a story.
There are pictures that creatively illustrate each story.
One example of a mini-narrative is “I couldn’t believe she’d shoot me.”
The picture adds to the story because of the composition of the letters. The shape of the hand and the arrangement of the letters portray the act of shooting. Wired magazine mini-narratives - Like in the previous mini-narrative example, we put six words together that can be developed into a story.

- The sad boy slowly passed by.
- The woman arrived with a suitcase. Our Examples Works Cited Atwan, Robert, ed. Convergences. Boston: Bedford/ St. Martin’s, 2009. Print.

Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood. New York: Pantheon, 2003. Print.
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