representation essay (final draft)

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Bryan Mulligan Expository Writing 101: JQ Instructor: Nicole Kenley October 22 , 2007 White Lies A representation is a portrayal of an event; they very powerful and can even define what we think of a situation or topic. Authors can show either the positive or negative aspects of a topic; by representing a situation as good or bad the author instills certain beliefs into their readers. Representations are in effect white lies, they hide some facts but focus on others to tell only the truth that they want to come out of the story. Authors use this tactic to portray their points of view to the reader and to shape the readers perception of a topic. In the essay “When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning, It Was Friday” by Martha Stout the author questions whether sanity or normalcy exists. In her essay Stout uses carefully chosen examples and statements to persuade her readers into believing her argument regarding sanity. In “The Roots of Debate in Education and the Hope of Dialogue” by Deborah Tannen, the author represents logic through argumentation as a negative thing in the attempt of having her readers agree with her. She focuses on the negatives of debate and minimizes the benefits that have come from it in order to sway the perceptions of her readers. The essay “Selections from Losing Matt Shepard” by Beth Loffreda deals with representations of different groups on the same topic and at the same time Loffreda’s representations of these different groups. All three of these authors represent their arguments certain ways by suggesting some ideas while neglecting others so that what their readers perceive is what the authors want them to perceive. Every story has more than one side to it though the author really only favors one side in order to prove the point they are trying to
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make. Authors suggest some ideas and neglect others in their work in order to persuade the thoughts of the readers. In Stout’s essay, “When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning, It Was Friday” she discusses the representation of sanity, or as she puts it, the myth of sanity and uses her representation to influence her readers. Questions that Stout asks the reader in her essay include, “What is sanity?” and “Are ‘normal’ people always dependably sane, or could it be said that we experience sanity only as a temporary, fluctuating state?” (Stout 578) These questions provide the reader with the idea that sanity does not exist. Throughout her essay Stout represents sanity as something
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