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ENG 1023, Texas Woman's University (Fall 2012)

Questions, Problems, Intros

Before class Thursday, 9/20: Post a response to this thread. Tell us what questions your have about (or problems you are having with) the rhetorical analysis, and share a draft of your introduction, including your thesis statement. (Remember, the thesis statement can be more than one sentence.)

As you work on this, you may find the following (NEW) resources helpful. (Remember, there are more resources on questions to ask about a text/doing rhetorical analysis, writing it up, etc. on the resources page. I’ve added these to that list, so you can easily find them again later.)

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197 comments on “Questions, Problems, Intros

  1. Kaitlyn Oja
    September 20, 2012

    “Anything you can do, I can do better. I can do anything better than you.” Imagine a man saying this statement to a women. This doesn’t seem odd or out of the ordinary, especially in today’s world. It may anger some if not all women. Now, imagine a woman saying it to a man. Some people may chuckle in disbelief, mostly men. And of course a woman would smile in pride or nod in agreement. In the broadway show, “Annie Get Your Gun,” a women and man sing these lyrics to eachother back and forth. Each person trying to one up the other. The purpose of a man and women singing this song to one another is to be comical yet bring a point across about women’s abilities. It reflects the view of the writer of the song and even the timing that the musical was set in.

    This is my thesis so far, im not sure how much detail I should go in, because i could go on, but i dont want to take away from the rest of my paper.

    • Hannah Stafford
      September 20, 2012

      I think you have a really great start! I love your topic because it is different. 🙂 I think the way you introduced it is great. You used an important line that many know that brought us toward your main point. I like that they do it in a comical way because it seems like it is way more persuasive when comedy is added in. Great job!!

  2. drL
    September 20, 2012

    We need to know what text you are talking about, and what ways the author(s) of that text us words to work towards their goals. (and what’s that goal? From the intro so far, we could infer that its to change or somehow impact our belief system, or maybe convey a mood?) Get really direct. Tell us “In X text, by Y person, we see Z tactic used for THIS purpose, and it (either works or doesn’t) because.” Keep pushing–you’re getting there!

    Once you have that, you’ll fill the rest of the five pages up by taking us through info about the author, their intended audience, and details about the text itself that back up what you’ve said in the thesis.

    • lizette estrada
      September 26, 2012

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  3. Derek Guebert
    September 20, 2012

    “Where is the love?” recently made famous world wide by hit artist Black Eyed Peas post a very good question. Where has the love gone in todays world? Showing in th music video, provided by VEVO, kids are playing violent video games and one of the band members getting arrested for putting up pictures of a question mark representing the question “Where is the love?”. Full of controsversy about equality, religion, and violence surround this whole ordeal.

    • Heather VanHoozer
      September 20, 2012

      good start so far. A suggestion would be move the final sentence and put it after “Where has the love gone…” also, maybe add a little more to the sentence. It seems like it is a portion of a sentence instead of a full sentence. If that is going to be your theseis statement it will be very good.

  4. Heather VanHoozer
    September 20, 2012

    Woman’s rights has been a controversial issue as of late. It seems you can’t turn on the tv, log onto the internet, or open a newspaper without seeing a discussion about women’s rights and health insurance. In this paper I am going to focus on the logic of birth control and the benefits that could come from making it affordable for all women.

    • Derek Guebert
      September 20, 2012

      maybe instead of “in this paper I am going to focus on…” put “the focus of this article…” or “focusing on the logic of birth…” just to make it sound less like an opinion.

    • Hannah Stafford
      September 20, 2012

      You have a really great topic, Heather! I think birth control is going to be a really good topic that you can write a lot about. Are you using articles to analyze? In your introduction and thesis statement, make sure you note the titles of the articles you are using, so it makes it all about the articles, and not too much about opinions on if birth control should be made available to all. Sounds like a wonderful start though!! 🙂

  5. Lupita Sanchez
    September 20, 2012

    Foolish men. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was an exceptional seventeenth-century nun who set precedents for feminism long before the term or concept existed. “Hombres Necios” or as translated “Foolish Men” by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz is a satire on morality, reason and the hypocrisy of the polite and charming man from that time. For years, woman have written about issues related to women, the role of the fair sex, status of Women in society and the struggle by Feminists for the rights of Women.

    I am so bad at starting my essays, I have so much going through my mind that I would like to write about but can’t really right it down… If any one could help me expand a little that would be awesome!!

    Lupita Sanchez- 1pm-2:20pm

  6. Tiffany Lightner
    September 20, 2012

    Rhetorical Analysis: Gender Expectations and Role Embedding in Disney Fairytales

    This is not my thesis, but just a brief summary of what the image that I will be using. I seem to be suffering from a bit of writer’s block and can’t seem to get my thoughts surrounding this topic on PAPER!

    I am doing my rhetorical analysis on an image that I found that includes all of the Disney princesses, and the image includes text from the creator of the images that explains how Disney presents an opinion of what a woman and a man should be and how they should act in society. The author is also portraying how these images may be viewed through the eyes of our daughters and sons.

  7. Jourdan Esquenazi
    September 20, 2012

    “Necessary Angels”

    When one thinks of someone in the medical profession, the stereotypical image of the man or woman in the overly bright lab coat with a clipboard in hand strolling down the hall as they sling their stethoscope over their neck may come to mind. Or is it the depiction of a male or female of high social status, who with their extensive education has been able to acquire wealth and prosperity? I am sure that the last picture to pop into your brain is the image of two elderly women, barefoot as they travel their repeated route daily with a handful of medical supplies to their disposal is what you see. Every year, Americans spend thousands of dollars and take out endless loans just to pay for their dream of hopefully entering the medical field. Through endless hours of time in classrooms and an overload of medical vocabulary impounded into the back of their skulls, students are limitlessly competing to further their intelligence which will set them above the rest. An article by Tina Rosenberg clearly depicts that one’s future vision of medical accomplishment and prosperity does not have to be acquired through the relentless hours cramming in a library corner the night before the final exam or the benefit from having parents already in the field. Rather, the knowledge gained through experience, a willful ambition, and the passion of caring for others is what makes a great nurse.

  8. drL
    September 20, 2012

    Good start! You capture our attention, and then introduce your focal text. So far, though, you introduce the focal text by summarizing it. We need you to add on what tactics the author uses to tell this story, for whom, and how well/poorly you think this all works out?

  9. Kaitlyn Oja
    September 21, 2012

    Do you think since my song is from a musical in the 1940’s, that during the war women stepped up to help do more “manly” things since all the husbands were away at war. Then the song “anything you can do i can better” from the musical reflects that. ?

  10. Carol Frickle
    September 24, 2012

    Margaret Atwood’s poem A Sad Child is an exposition of a little girl’s mentality. The text provokes thought of how these issues apply to more serious topics that adult women face. While trying to recognize there are elements of our society and culture that have an adverse effect on women’s role in them, Margaret Atwood tries to return a portion of the culpability to women for their societal position. Atwood demonstrates this idea by juxtaposing the frivolity of a little girl’s woes with the gravity of the human condition. The opposing word choice of the poem sets a sarcastic tone that illustrates that though the emotion of hopelessness is experienced universally regardless of the cause that the seriousness of the situation is truly a matter of perspective.

  11. Jourdan Esquenazi
    September 24, 2012

    “Necessary Angels”

    When one thinks of someone in the medical profession, the stereotypical image of the man or woman in the overly bright lab coat with a clipboard in hand strolling down the hall as they sling their stethoscope over their neck may come to mind. Or is it the depiction of a male or female of high social status, who with their extensive education has been able to acquire wealth and prosperity? I am sure that the last picture to pop into your brain is the image of two elderly women, barefoot as they travel their repeated daily route with a handful of medical supplies to their disposal. Every year, Americans spend thousands of dollars and take out endless loans just to pay for their dream of hopefully entering the medical field. Through endless hours of time in classrooms and an overload of medical vocabulary impounded into the back of their skulls, students are limitlessly competing to further their intelligence which will set them above the rest. An article by Tina Rosenberg clearly depicts that one’s future vision of medical accomplishment and prosperity does not have to be acquired through the relentless hours cramming in a library corner the night before the final exam or the benefit from having parents already in the field. Rather Rosenberg’s in-depth interviews and personal perspective attaches the average reader in her hopeful, yet slightly bias, tone that the knowledge gained through experience, a willful ambition, and the passion of caring for others is what great treatment is all about.

    • Jourdan Esquenazi
      September 24, 2012

      Correction: An article by Tina Rosenberg clearly depicts that one’s future vision of medical accomplishment and prosperity does not have to be acquired through the relentless hours cramming in a library corner the night before the final exam or the upper hand of a higher ranking social class.*

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