1a Arac Response

1a Arac Response - Beckwith 1 Noor Beckwith Preceptor:...

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Beckwith 1 Noor Beckwith Preceptor: Zachary Sifuentes Expository Writing 20: A Voice of One’s Own February 2008 The First Person in “ Huckleberry Finn as Idol and Target” In Jonathan Arac’s “ Huckleberry Finn as Idol and Target”, a provocative essay on the attractions and aversions of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn , the author makes use of the first- person in a manner that is both sparing (about 30 times in 20 pages) and marked. The scarcity of usage is most easily explained by the conventional academic tradition of objectivist writing, and this in turn is what helps to make the appearance of the first person notable. When it occurs, we are called to attention, and careful analysis can lead to the discovery of conscious rhetorical motivations for these appearances as well as possible subconscious impetuses or anxieties that effect the same result. Arac’s various uses of the first person suggest authorial drives as simple as topic outlining or narrowing (as in the first paragraph) and as complex as intellectual anxiety or
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