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Rituals of Memory

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Raymond Taylor

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Transcript of Rituals of Memory

Rituals of Memory
Culminating Project
Rituals of Memory by Kimberly Blaeser

Raymond Taylor
Period 2ab
November 7,2014

Conclusion
In conclusion, the personal essay,"Rituals of Memory", was better than the other written components. It had a better emotional appeal. Also, I believe that Blaeser's use of rhetorical devices was more powerful in the meaning or purpose behind the usage. I have come to realize all the written components were focused on the same key ideal, which is unity.
Background
Kimberly Blaeser is part Native American and German. She partakes of her native rituals in the personal essay.

Rituals of Memory is more effective because it expresses more pathos for the audience, it helps remind us of who we are, and it helps the reader get a full understanding of rituals and memory.
Rhetorical #1
In the beginning of Rituals of Memory, Blaeser used a metaphor. She compared looping relation to her friend's tightly curled hair. This helps the reader understand that relationships can never be cut."No matter how long our lives, no matter how far our experience takes us from our origins, our lives remain connected, always looping back to that center of our identitiy, our spirit.
Rhetorical #2
Blaeser also uses pathos in the personal essay. She tells her life story, even the painful moments. For example, she talks about when the soldiers were paying their respect to those who had fallen, including those of her race. That was a sign of unity.
This helps the reader understand her purpose better. Which is to say that we are all connected. Even though the people were of different races, they all came together, forming a relationship with each other, in a community, making that center of our identity(or spirit) stronger.
Rhetorical #3
Throughout the whole essay, Blaeser used parallelism. She often refers back to the main idea: all relationships are connected. For example, she has a typed quote that states
"My memories entangle themselves oddly among the roots of several cultures."

Thank you for your time!
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