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The Suitcase Lady
Transcript of The Suitcase Lady
she has a history of working for well-known and prestigious papers
she is presented in a positive light
she has published a book
she is a professional journalist D
S iction mages etails anguage entance
tructure "No one knows how many women there are like her in Toronto. They carry their belongings in shopping bags and spend their days and nights scrounging for food. They have no one and nowhere to go" (97). factual language
words for emphasis
impersonal impersonal language expressions for emphasis (hyperbole) factual language "the woman with the red hair and the purple dress sits in the harsh light of a 24-hour doughnut shop on Queen Street West" (96). "Her hands are big, rough, farmer's hands" (97) "Like a little girl, she smooths back her dirty hair and proudly puts [the tiara] on" (98). dialog between speaker and Vicomtesse mostly omitted
details of how Vicomtesse came into her situation, and some essential facts about her previous life excluded
how she came to trust and confide in the speaker unexplained thorough description of appearance
many details on her life at present (habits, clothing, money, food), providing imagery
reactions and answers to certain questions described in depth Details included Details omitted "It's two years that [the Vicomtesse has] been on the go, since the rooming houses stopped taking her. 'I don't have no place to stay'"(97). use of formal language
journalistic and factual
Vicomtesse uses colloquial language, some slang speaker uses lengthy, complete sentences
creates formality and flow
Vicomtesse's sentences are shorter, simpler
creates colloquial, conversational effect
less structured Context The Country The City Opening Techniques...
Somewhere in her bleary eyes and in the deep lines of her face is a story that probably no one will ever really know. She takes pains to write something on a notepad and crying steadily.
She calls herself Vicomtesse Antonia The Linds'ays. She is the Suitcase Lady of Queen Street. The essay appeals to the emotions of the audience... it is the retelling of a real incident
there is reasonable evidence that this woman may have a mental disorder (logical reason for her situation)
speaker presents information in a formal and logical manner
journalistic style of writing creates a logical and believable effect This essay appeals to the audience's logic because... the introduction loneliness pity The Street ~157 000 Canadians are homeless each year hope compassion S O P A S peaker Tone ccasion udience urpose ubject to Bea continued... Queen Street is populated with Toronto's homeless... boom, denied fear for her Spent time with the Vicomtesse Immediate Larger "'I don't talk much to people...Just the elderly, sometimes, in the park'"(98). McLaren uses quotes from the Vicomtesse to portray the woman's loneliness, an emotion that the audience can relate to. Primary Secondary "'God takes care of me, that's for sure...I believe always try to do my best to help people - the elderly, and kids, and my country, and my city of Toronto, Ontario'"(98). "Some give money.
Some are polite and
some are rude." (97) The Vicomtesse's caring, kind nature even after what she has experienced creates a feeling of optimism and hope in the reader. "As for money, 'I bum on the street. I don't like it, but I have to. I have to survive...It's not a life'"(97). The Vicomtesse's situation in life and her inability to change it causes the audience to pity her. "How she ended up in the doughnut shop remains a mystery, maybe even to her"(97). The Vicomtesse's precarious situation makes the audience feel fearful about her future and whether or not she will survive. This essay relies most heavily on the emotions of the audience to persuade. Tone compassionate
whimsical * In newspaper articles, the introduction needs to have background information
*who, what, when, where
The why in this case is not directly stated, but implied. 1. BACKGROUND INFORMATION Night after night, the woman with the red hair
and the purple dress sits in the harsh light of the 24-h doughnut shop on Queen Street West. 2. ANECDOTE * begins with the dramatic and sad setting or story
*suitcase lady is crying on the street
It is an example of an anecdote because it is very descriptive and triggers emotion. WHEN WHO WHAT WHERE 3. SENSE IMAGES *words such as: harsh light, bleary eyed, deep lines in her face, and crying steadily
* better understanding of the setting and the
situation of the lady
*tone and pathos Closing Techniques... description simulates real life and often appeals to the readers senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. behind every descriptive choice or image the authors overall purpose should be present figures of speech including similes and metaphors are very powerful tools of description the conclusion She cares passionately about the young, the old and the ones who suffer. So who takes care of the Suitcase Lady?
"God takes care of me, that's for sure," she says, nodding thoughtfully. "But I'm not what you would call crazy about religion. I believe always to do the best to help people- the elderly, the kids, and my country, and my city of Toronto, Ontario". So who takes care of the Suitcase Lady? 1. RHETORICAL QUESTION This question is effective because:
* it doesn't require an answer but it makes
you consider her situation.
* first question she has directly asked the audience
* shift between the informative to the reflective ~3.5 million Canadians living under the poverty line (2004) Chronic Homelessness being homeless for more than 3 months 20% of ~157 000 are chronically homeless (31 400 people)
Live on the streets and/or in shelters where they may
commit or attempt suicide
In Calgary, Alberta, 80% of chronically homeless abuse drugs and/or alcohol 2. QUOTATION Toronto citizens Effective quotation because:
* makes the Suitcase Lady seem real
* gives her morals and a personality
* introduces a religious aspect Those exposed to homelessness Inform Discussion Homelessness Who do you blame homelessness on? The Voice How do you feel when you see homeless people on the street? How often do you help?
What do you do to help? Do you think Thunder Bay
is helping enough? What is your opinion
on the relationship
between the amount
of money in a family
and the amount of love? Who is telling the Vicomtesse's story? Housing and Homelessness Supports and Initiatives ￼We can be moved by the tragedy of mass starvation on a far continent... But it takes a greater effort of emotional imagination to empathize with the addict. We readily feel for a suffering child, but cannot see the child in the adult who, his soul fragmented and isolated, hustles for survival a few blocks away from where we shop or work.
— Gabor Mate A unit hoping to assist Toronto City Council's goal of ending homelessness by helping create, fund and manage programs, services, and projects, such as drop-in programs to help the homeless find support and services
Rent Band project, along with other outreach services, that provide help to seek and maintain housing
programs that reach out to those in danger of becoming homeless Christie McLaren freelance writer, editor, and professional journalist A journalistic piece: written during a term spent at the Toronto Globe and Mail "We never got along well because I didn't bring him up. I was too poor. He never call me mama." (97) "Any place I can find a place to sleep. In the park, in stores-like here I stay and sit, on Yonge Street." (98) Quotations the Vicomtesse reveal the speaker of the piece: the one who took the time to hear her story: Christie McLaren Heard of the everyday battles she faces... exhaustion loneliness physical pain addiction hunger no shelter "This week I sleep three hours in four days..." (98) "The only pleasure I got is my cigaret." (97) "I don't talk much to people," (98) "Yes, she says, her legs get tired. She has swollen ankles and, with no socks in her boots, she has blisters." (97) "I don't have no place to stay." (97) "...spend their days and nights scrounging for food." (97) Lived in Toronto The circumstances the homeless live in Shelter, Support,
and Housing Toronto has many different shelters that address specific needs of the homeless, such as shelters and other services provided for victims of abuse
drop-ins that provide food, showers and other basic services
emergency shelters that help the individual as well as families with housing
services that provide employment and training food banks and drop-ins
services that provide health care information for general health, sexual health, mental health, immunizations, and drug and alcohol treatment
programs for immigrants and refugees that help them settle in Ontario
financial assistance programs
programs specifically for homeless youth Her audience may know about the tragedy of homelessness... She needs them to know more... To understand the constant battle the homeless face Characteristics of a Descriptive Essay Present in The Suitcase Lady Sense Imagery Figures of speech Diction "Somewhere in her bleary eyes and in the deep lines of her face is a story that probably no one will ever know. She is taking pains to write something on the notepad and crying steadily"(96). The speaker's obvious tone of compassion towards her subject provokes the same feeling in the audience, as the Vicomtesse is in such a terrible situation but has dreamy childlike qualities. "'I bum on the street. I don't like it, but I have to. I have to survive. The only pleasure I got is my cigaret'"(97). Speaker Vicomtesse use of pronoun "I" (personal) emphasis slang, colloquial and informal language words to emphasize situation
use of colloquial, informal language and slang
use of pronoun "I", personal language saw numerous "bums" on the street clearly became about the issue of homelessness and the lives the homeless must live passionate decided to use her and create an powerful descriptive essay voice Diction is very important, the use of short strong words are more effective for descriptive essays Short, strong words. Written and published in Toronto "...24-hour doughnut shop on Queen Street West." (96) "With her words she spins herself a cocoon." Metaphor of the Vicomtesses' mind.(97) "She's the suitcase lady of Queen Street." (97) Locations described are well known to Toronto citizens "...the big square in front of City Hall." (98) Described as "the suitcase lady", likely well known to Queen Street regulars during this time (1980's) Christie McLaren wants more than change in Toronto... Christie McLaren uses words such as harsh, bleary, pains, poor, rough, tired to convey a more vivid description and feeling. Although her descriptions are specific to Toronto... "No one knows how many women there are like her in Toronto." (97) " Somewhere in her bleary eyes and in the deep lines of her face is a story that probably no one will ever really know. She is taking pains to write something on a notepad and crying steadily." her purpose and subject are not only applicable to Toronto sense of sound sense of sight and become compassionate " So she walks. A sturdy coat covers her dress and worn leather boots are on her feet. But her big legs are bare and chapped and she has a ragged cough." Sense of touch "No one knows how many women there are like her in Toronto." Hyperbole (97) La Tempête The End. Brought to you by Lydia, Elora, Rylie and Bea. ignorance of the citizens "...ragged cough." Onomatopoeia (97) "...ragged cough." or "...crying steadily." examples of Onomatopoeia (97) 3. PREDICTION *not necessarily a prediction however
*gives a view of her attitude
*she is not complaining about being in the streets