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AP Handout 4/28 TASK ONE: Identify the tone through the writer’s diction, syntax, imagery, and details. I am a cripple. I choose this word to name me. I choose from among several possibilities, the most common of which are “handicapped” and “disabled.” I made the choice a number of years ago, without thinking, unaware of my motives for doing so. Even now, I’m not sure what those motives are, but I recognize that they are complex and not entirely flattering. People – crippled or not – wince at the word “ cripple,” as they do not at “handicapped” or “disabled.” Perhaps I want them to wince. I want them to see me as a tough customer, one to whom the fates/gods/viruses have not been kind, but who can face the brutal truth of her existence squarely. As a cripple, I swagger. Tone: Inspirational She does not want people to see her as a cripple, but as a tough human being. She accepts she is a cripple but does so without sounding depressed.

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