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Narration - Only Daughter
Transcript of Narration - Only Daughter
Strategies Style Purpose Strategies Very reflective Understanding the author Point Of View Audience In order to understand where Cisneros is coming from, her audience is leaned more towards mexican families. Not to be sterotyping, but mexican families are usually hardworking and sraightforward with many things. A lot of mexican children can assimilate with Cisnero's situation. Her father not really being there to support her because of work, the mistranslation of words, or the understanding of mexican heritage. These things help to understand Cisnero's purpose and veiwpoint. 3 Relating events
in story form. Using
Narration Gives us her perspective on the narrative. Rhetoric
Purposes Narration To help communicate
relative events to
make for interesting,
efforts. The narrative will be
driven largely by
the narrator The channels they
choose, and how
use them to narrate
the story, will also
depend on the
narrator It can range from appealing
to logic or emotions, or a
mockery or flattery of
a series of events, it
depends on the narrator
and the substance of the
narrative. Narratives could
produce a wide
range of effects, it
all, again, depends
on the narrator It all depends on the narrator.
Different narrators could
have different attitudes,
diction, and structure. Narration Tree Understanding the story Cisneros explains that " I am a woman, I
am a Latina. Those are the things that
make my writing distinctive. Those
are the things that give my writing
power. They are the things that give
it sabor (flavor), that give it picante
(spice)." Cisneros is the only daughter of a hard-working,
Mexican-American family of six sons, forcing her to spend a lot of time by herself. Cisneros tells the story in a first person point of view. She uses the first person narrative to tell about her personal experiences and explain how these experiences made her feel.
ex: "He didn't mean anything by the mistranslation, I'm sure. But somehow I could feel myself being erased."
-she explains how the mistranslation made her feel. Methods of Organization The only daughter is writen in a non-chronological events. Cisnero's uses this to present privious happenings to reach her purpose. Understanding Diction And Detail Homework The Only Daughter By: Sandra Cisneros because her brothers felt it was beneath them to play with a girl. Her father believes that she is destined to be a good housewife, and college is good because it will help her find a goodhusband, but what Cisneros really wants is to become a writer. Ten years after writing professionally, the reward finally paid off, not only money wise but with her father. After one of her stories had been translated, her father finally got the chance to read her works, laughing and reading lines over and over. When he was done reading he asked her: "Where can we get more copies of this for the relatives?" Write a narrative paragraph in first-person point of view about a significant event in your life that helped make you into the person you are today Values father’s approval; wants father
to recognize who she is and what she
does. ex. “I wanted my father to understand
what it was I was scribbling. . . .” Cisneros uses many Spanish words in her writing This emphasizes her Mexican
heritage Very stereotypical Point/purpose/message
Narration persuasion or report
Can provide examples or explain ideas
Prolonged exciting parts suspense/interest
Shows not tells
Vivid/dramatic Narration Usually....
Used in conjunction with other rhetorical modes. Rereading
What details did the author choose and how are they arranged?
How does the author control the pace of the story?
What other rhetorical modes does the author use? Reading
What is the essay’s general story line?
What is the author’s purpose? Narration (cont.) Reading Narrative Essays
Preparing to read
What assumptions can you make from the essay’s title?
Can you guess what the author’s mood is?
What is the essay’s purpose and audience?
What does the synopsis tell you about the essay?
What can you learn from the author’s biography?
Can you guess what the author’s point of view towards the subject is? Rewriting
Is your purpose (thesis) clearly stated?
Who is your audience?
Does one event lead naturally to the next?
Are all the events relevant to your purpose? Writing
What is your thesis?
What details will best support this thesis?
How can you arrange these details most effectively?
Do you show rather than tell your story?
What time sequence does your essay follow? Writing Narrative Essays
Preparing to write
What is your purpose
Who is your audience?
What is your narrator’s point of view— including person, vantage point, and attitude towards the subject? Narration (cont.) “Only Daughter” is an ethnic short story about a young girl who is the only daughter in a family of 6 sons.
The story begins with her childhood and how the daughter was unappreciated by her brothers who never play with her and her father who refers to her as one of his “seven sons.”
The daughter expresses her desire to go to college and the dad agrees because he hopes she will meet a man in college.
She completes undergrad and grad school, still unmarried.
Her father feels she has wasted her education.
The narrator discusses how she was always writing for her father whom to her represents “...the public majority,” and admits that the “...public majority disinterested in reading.” In other words, she feels that her father is unimpressed by her works. Only Daughter In the end, after she has been a professional writer for 10 years and her father has grown much more sickly, he reads one of her works that has been translated to Spanish and seemed to enjoys it.
In this way, he expresses that he is proud of her and the conflict between them is resolved. Understanding Details
Why did Cisneros's father always say he has seven sons? Why is this significant?
What does Cisneros mean when she says, “I am the only daughter and only a daughter” (paragraph3)?
Discovering Rhetorical Strategies
From what point of view does Cisneros write this narrative essay? How does this particular point of view help us understand her attitude towards the experience?