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What Colour is a Rose?

English essay project
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katrina stefopulos

on 20 September 2012

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Transcript of What Colour is a Rose?

By Katrina, Chelsea and Bayly What Colour is a Rose? A native writer can not write an accurate story about natives without the producers changing it to fit native stereotypes. Thesis Statement 1) His friend submitted a story to a CBC anthropology series and the producers said it wasn't 'native enough' and then didn't use it.
3) He submitted a story to the same show and was given a lecture about how the producers wanted to show the native voices as accurate as possibly. Then, they asked if they could cut half his script
2) He wrote an episode of street legal and saw a memo from the producer saying to rewrite the dialogue of the Native Elder to 'make him more Indian' Thesis Support The audience is adults and T.V. and movie producers, he is talking about the double standard in script writing. Audience The tone at the beginning is humorous, he is talking about three questions he is always asked.

The tone throughout and in the conclusion is sarcastic and humorous. He mostly makes fun of existing shows with native stereotypes. Tone The title of the essay, 'What Colour Is a Rose?' is saying don't limit roses to just being red, just like how you shouldn't stereotype Natives as wearing headdresses and animal skins. He uses a very humorous tone to describe three questions he is always asked. The humour catches your attention and gets you to read on. He then becomes more serious and says he always thought that there wasn't a difference between being a native writer or a writer that was native but there is apparently a double standard. Lastly, he manages to make the other writers sound ridiculous and uneducated in just the first paragraph, therefore making his argument much stronger. Introduction's Effectiveness The author poses a lot of questions in the conclusion that cause the reader to think more about his essay. He goes back to the original question, "Are you a writer that happens to be Native, or a Native that happens to be a writer?" and compares it to when people ask if zebras are white with black stripes or black with white. This makes it easy for the reader to see how pointless the question is. He also says that he can write stories about white people because he has seen 'Baywatch' and 'Married With Children' so he must know how white people really live. This sarcastic comment makes it easier for us to understand what he's saying about the stereotypical Natives T.V. shows and movies display. Conclusion's Effectiveness Chiasmus: "Are you a writer that happens to be Native, or a Native that happens to be a writer?" This is effective because it makes it more memorable.
Sentence Variety: "I was always under the impression that the two could be and often were, synonymous. But evidently I am in error" This provides contrast within the essay and makes it more interesting to read.
Repetition: "Surprise, surprise." Repetition in this case emphasizes the sarcasm of the author.
Rhetorical Question: "For a story to be 'Native enough', must there be a birch bark or buckskin quota?" This makes the reader think and really realize how ridiculous the producers are being.
Sentence Fragments: "Just watch. They'll make that into a racial question." Sentence fragments make a blunt statement. In this case it adds a humorous tone to the conclusion while also making the reader think. Rhetorical Devices Vocabulary Ad Nauseam: referring to something that has been done or repeated so often that it has become annoying or tiresome "The large risks of nuclear power have been discussed ad nauseam"

Appropriation: the action of taking something for one's own use, typically without the owners permission. "The appropriation of shark fins is quite devastating"

People of Pallor: the politically correct term for the racial group known as Whites or Caucasians. "The lecture hall was filled with people of pallor"

Untrodden: (of a surface) not having been walked on. "The little girl plowed through the untrodden snow"

Quotient: A degree or amount of a specified quality or characteristic. "There is an increase in our cynicism quotient."
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