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Turkeys in the Kitchen

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cynthia ramos

on 19 September 2014

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Transcript of Turkeys in the Kitchen

Rhetorical Analysis
Main Purpose(s)
provide insight on stereotypical male and female behaviors during the holidays
"I would no more enter that kitchen than I would attempt to park a nuclear aircraft carrier, but my wife, who runs her own business, picks up
the right kitchen implement and starts doing
the right thing without receiving any instructions whatsoever." (2)
confirm said stereotypes, even while speaking mostly for males
"In the defense of men, let me say this: women do not make it easy to learn." (5)
"Now to the
, who had all this sexist Home Economics training back in the pre-feminism era..." (5)
Sample Thesis
In America, there are two genders that are recognized: male and female. There are various stereotypes associated with both genders; an example of this being how women are commonly expected to field kitchen chores and cooking, while men immerse themselves in the world of televised sporting events. David Barry, author of the piece "Turkeys in the Kitchen", confirms the fact that he and most others belonging to the male gender follow these expectations.
Thematic connection to "On Dumpster Diving"
"On Dumpster Diving"
stereotype: homeless people are dirty, ignorant, incapable of performing "basic" tasks
Eighner debunks this with his use of precise diction and the jargon of a scavenger, proving that he IS intelligent and capable of sustaining himself even with the most bare necessities.


"Turkeys in the Kitchen"

Stereotype: Men are useless when it comes to tasks that are traditionally "feminine".
Barry confirms this with his use of humor.

Turkeys in the Kitchen
The author's intended Audience
Women and Men
ethos: Dave Barry establishes ethos by establishing his credibility to be speaking on the general efficiency of men, given that he is a man himself

logos: establishing his first purpose
"... most men make themselves as useful around the kitchen as ill-trained Labrador retrievers. This is not just my opinion: it's a scientific finding based on an exhaustive study of what happened last thanksgiving..." - Barry



Ethos, Logos, Pathos
Turkeys in the Kitchen: Summary
"Men are still basically scum when it comes to helping out in the kitchen." - Barry
Using descriptions of the Thanksgiving days he has experienced thus far, David Barry challenges his own gender in a humorous way; he speaks on a man's use in the kitchen.
Main Strategies

figurative language

mockery of his own gender
Check for Understanding
to admit men's lack of household duty skills
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