Hyatt, Hudson, McCord 1
How does one find tranquility?
Some people spend lots of money on spas and vacations
resorts in order to find tranquility.
Whether in the spa, a discreet mountain house, or a remote
camp ground in the woods, they are trying to find peace and relaxation in a place that is away
from the business of the city, a place of solitude.
Others find tranquility in the comfort of their
own homes or just around the corner during their special time of the day.
Either way, they are
most likely alone at least part of the time, alone in solitude.
Therefore, it is safe to say that
solitude is a place of perfect tranquility.
Upon receiving our phrase from Ms. Rogers, we were somewhat apprehensive about how
we would go about persuading our audience to understand our claim through visual rhetoric. Our
claim is, “Solitude is a place of perfect tranquility”. Our initial step began with defining the
to help us better understand how we could visually persuade the
audience of our claim. Privacy, isolation, seclusion, and loneliness were among some of the
synonyms we found for solitude. These words gave us a visual image of solitude most frequently
found in nature. Calm, quiet, serenity, and harmony are words synonymous with tranquility and
they also reminded us of characteristics of nature. Along with characteristics of nature, we found
that solitude and tranquility can also be found in examples such as a nun, lighthouse, etc.; we
will further discuss these examples in the following paragraphs.
The targeted audience is the college students in our English 103 class. We feel that these
students are intelligent enough to associate our use of text and visuals to comprehend the
meaning of our claim. Since they are our peers, we used visual images that we identified with as
being representations of solitude and tranquility in hopes that they would visualize it the same.
Our hope is that by displaying synonyms for each of the words in our claim, the audience will be
able to associate those synonyms with the images and derive our claim. For our audio, we played
a noise machine which played six different noises, including a heart beat, spring rain, mountain