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strandred rhetorical analysis example

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In The Random World of a Desert Island, Instant Pig, and Post-its, the authorcharacterizes a current teenager’s life as hectic. The writer’s purpose is to entertainthe audience but at the same time, she informs the audience of the busy life thatshe leads and her way to temporarily escape that life: her desert island disc. Inwriting the essay, she identifies with other busy-bodies and encourages them to takea break once in a while from their responsibilities.In the first two paragraphs, the author starts with a frantic and humorous tone tograsp the reader’s attention and to build her authority. In the line, the authorinforms the audience that “[p]ost-its are [her] best-friends.” The declarativesentence shows that she is not ashamed to call post-its as her best-friend. Inadmitting her own fault, she builds up the trust between her and the audience. Also,the juxtaposition between post-it and best-friends grasps the reader’s attentionbecause the two subjects do not go with each other. The author establishes herhumorous tone with her use of short sentences throughout the first paragraph. Theshort sentences also mimic her frantic life. They are a continuous stream of theauthor’s thought. The author includes all of her thought through her constantcorrecting of her previous sentence. In one part, she informs the audience that shedoes “have actual friends” and in another, she corrects herself and informs theaudience that she does not “have a list.” The author’s correcting herself also adds toher humorous tone. Her use of exclamation marks contributes to her humorous andfrantic tone. In the first paragraph, the audience gets a glimpse inside the author’shead: it’s busy and it’s all over the place. In the second paragraph, the author mapsout a typical day in her life. She fortifies her authority through her narration andexemplification of her busy life. The author humorous tone grasps the reader’sattention, entertains them; and now that she has gain the audience’s trust, shetransitions from her humorous tone to a more relaxed and collective tone.The third paragraph signals a shift in the essay from her frantic life to her escapefrom them. The shift mimics the transition from the chaotic life of the author to therelaxing sensation of the figurative desert island. The author creates a smoothchange through her use of the metaphor “desert island of post-it.” In her first line,she also reveals her intention, “to destroy them [the post-its] and be rescued.” Theauthor wants to “rip those pesky square little post-its into pieces and break [her]
 
free from the squared-edges of [her] life.” In this one line, the author switches fromthe literal post-its to the figurative post-its. The repetition of “square” and thedenotation of “rip” and “break” make a smooth transition. The use of “rip” and“break” in this line also signals that the author change from the frantic tone to acalmer tone. She then introduces her desert island disc, Instant Pig by the ClazziquaiProject. Again, the author employs the techniques of repetition of “nonconformity”and “conformity” to reveal the fact that the desert island transitions the authorfrom her dull but hectic life to a relaxed state of mind. In doing so, the authorinforms the audience of her mean to escape the island.In the consecutive paragraphs, the author transports the audience to her island.Though she transports the audience to her island, they are still only looking inwithout being part of the island itself. Throughout the essay, the author uses thefirst person “I,” and that does not change in these paragraphs. The use of I herereveals the fact that the album is her album and she does not expect all of heraudience to agree with her. The author then employs the use of exemplification toshow why Instant Pig is her desert island disc. Using different aspects of the albumsuch as “the sound of a scary movie” and “chirping sounds,” she reveals how “thealbum breaks the conformity” of her life.” The author has entertained the audience,informed them of her life and her way of escape, now she encourages the audience,those who leads busy life, to take a break.The author’s last paragraph addresses not only herself, but “everybody.” Here, sheexpands her own thoughts toward other people as a way to connect to her audience.The author makes a bold move and claims that “everybody is on their own island,trapped by time and trapped by responsibilities.” However, the author transitionback to “I” when she mentions Instant Pig because that’s her “ticket off that island.”In doing so, the author encourages her audience to find their own ticket. As theauthor ends with lyrics from the first track of the album and ellipsis, she is no longerfrantic and wound up, no longer confined in her post-its, she is there, away from herdesert island, if only temporarily.

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