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Unformatted text preview: Can't Forget Motor City Thesis: An argument for the retrospective and respectful look at ones roots and origins. As one grows, small details become grandiose in the eye of the present moment. Clemens says that those details shape us and give us the respect for where we have come. His last line confirms that everything we have been a part of becomes a part of us. Author's Purpose: The purpose of this is to enlighten and in some ways inspire the reader. Using a chronological progression from the beginning of his life to the end, he punctuates his "story" with an ending that gives us pause. We are encouraged to look back on his life, and our own, like the author did himself and take simple pleasures from our lives and see how they turned us into what we are today. Audience: The author is addressing a vast group of people in this essay. I think he puts a particular emphasis on a younger generation. While he never directly said it, the structure of his writing leans towards a more insightful stance on life. He seems to be looking back on his experiences with authority and may be urging the reader to do the same. Comments: I think the aspect of this essay that makes it most valuable to me, is its pace. The way it reads is very much a spoken tempo, yet he covers a span of his whole life. It has an almost song like quality, helped of course by the fact that many songs are quoted throughout. The language is understandable to the reader, and I think that makes the conclusion very acceptable. ...
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- Spring '08