1-18-07-Selzer 710-717

-Selzer - knowing what the outcome will be which is the message he is sending to us as the audience before building up the initial story Describing

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“Sarcophagus” Selzer EN-102 18 January 2007 Selzer 710-717 The title “Sarcophagus” gives the reader a sense of foreshadowing before even setting eyes on the first sentence. The name which hints that the essay will have to do with death lets the reader brace himself before finding out the victim’s inevitable fate. However, if the reader were to be unaware of the title before reading the essay, it would be difficult to understand where the author is going with the victim’s destined future. From the first few paragraphs it is easy to understand that an operating room is very serious, difficult business. Describing each person and their purpose around the operating table shows just how complex it is before attempting to save a human life. Selzer’s description of the situation, and each person he introduces, makes it seem like any other day in the operating room. The vibe that Selzer is sending out, describes how unpredictable each procedure is. Everyone prepares the same way, not
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Unformatted text preview: knowing what the outcome will be which is the message he is sending to us as the audience before building up the initial story. Describing how the patient yawns before receiving his anesthesia gives the impression that it may not be such a serious operation. This in turn, keeps the reader wondering what is going to happen next. Finally once it is obvious that the patient is suffering from cancer, it is distressing to learn what will happen next, and to wonder how the family will take the unfortunate news. Selzer does an adequate job expressing what it is like from the surgeon’s point of view, to make the reader realize just how complex and difficult it is to return to a job like that each and every day. It is a job that may sometimes provide a wonderful outcome, or perhaps maybe twist into a depressing, unfortunate result....
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course EN 102 taught by Professor Motew during the Spring '07 term at Worcester.

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