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Ana veciana-Suarez rhetorical devices

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Jocelyne Penaloza

on 26 March 2014

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~Example: She specifically targeted George Zimmerman describing him as a “freight train speeding towards a head-on crash,” in her article, "Overexposed Celebrities" where she explains how i today's world “fame is valued currency.”

~Example 2: She compares her younger self to a “walking, talking phone book” that could spit out numbers with the “precision of an adding machine,” in her article "We Are Not Forgetful," wher she talks bout the effect of technology on our memories.

~The use of metaphors helped to show the reader the extent of what she is taking about in each article. They were helpful in strengthening the purpose because it helped convince the reader of the situation.
Who is she?
~Ana Veciana-Suarez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1956. In 1962, her family fled Cuba and settled in Miami, Florida.
~She graduated from the University of South Florida. She has worked for The Miami News, The Palm Beach Post, and currently for The Miami Herald as a columnist.
~She is the author of 2 novels: "The Chin Kiss King (1997)" and "The Flight to Freedom (2002)", a collection of essays: "Birthday Parties in Heaven: Thoughts on Love, Life, Grief, and Other Matters of the Heart (2000)" , and contributed to two nonfiction books: "Miami: The Magic City" and "Hispanic Media."
~She has won many awards for her writing which includes a first place Sunshine State Award in 1995 and a first place Excellence in Feature Writing in 1996.
~She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, David Freundlich and has five children.
~ Example: In her article, “Books,” where she describes why books are such a great gift she says they “lift the heart,” even though they don’t physically lift hearts, they can do it emotionally.

~Example 2: in her article "When Being Fair," Veciana Suarez talks about the issue of fairness and how most people think of it as something that “pops up only in the rearview mirror” especially when “accusations go flying,”

~The use of personification helps the topic of the articles come alive and gives it a more positive connotation. In this way the reader can further relate to the article, which is the purpose of the article.
Ana Veciana-Suarez and her Rhetorical Devices
by: Jocelyne Penaloza Mariche
Her Topic and Purpose
As a columnist for the Miami Herald, Veciana-Suarez' columnist category is "lifestyle." This is appropriate, as she focuses much of her writing on family, women's and social issues. Though it doesn't stop there, scrolling down a list of her articles one can see that her work can range from inventions to celebrities to food to caregiving. Even though Veciana-Suarez chooses to work with a wide range of topics, all of her work have a common purpose: to inform the reader of current events going on in everyday life and express her opinion on them, to show different perspectives on them, and to influences the audience's lifestyle choices.
Her Most Commonly Used Rhetorical Devices
~ metaphors ~ a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance; a comparison that doesn’t use “like” or “as”

~ diction~diction- style of speaking or writing as dependent upon choice of word

~ personification-the attribution of human nature or character to animals, inanimate objects, or abstract notions,especially as a rhetorical figure.
~Example:Using words such as “antics,” “narcissists,” “enamored,” “mesmerized,” “ennui,” “cynicism,” gives the article a more grave and serious tone, as if the celebrities were evil and everybody were hypnotized by them in her article Overexposed Celebrities."

~Using words and phrases such as “once upon a time”, “hubby”, and “whatchamacallit” gave the article a more “hip” touch that catches the reader’s attention, is easily relatable, and causes a giggle here and there in her article, "We're not forgetful."

~As we can see from the two examples, Veciana-Suarez' diction really helps to set the tone of her articles. This in turn can also affect the reader emotionally, strengthening the purpose of her writing.
Some of her Work


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