compose a focused analysis of a single pattern of rhetoric

The author miss harriet has faced a very emotionally

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The author, Miss Harriet, has faced a very emotionally disturbing experience in her several encounters with Mr. Singer. She explains how it pained her to face a man who thinks that she would be better dead than alive, a man who sees more value in the lives of animals than the lives of human beings with disabilities. This invites the readers to sympathize with the author, and even try to weigh the situation and pass some judgment upon the whole matter. There are other instances in her experiences that invite even more sympathy. She describes how the disease she was born with has, for the past four decades, eaten up her muscles. She is now thin with little flesh and jumble of bones. Her looks draws a lot of attention from the people while she zooms in the streets of her hometown, Charleston. She gets a lot of mixed reactions from the people, some telling her that they would kill themselves than live in her kind of condition. Nothing she gets
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Surname 5 from the strangers from the streets can comfort her, instead, could make her even hate herself. But she is strong and she lets not even one of these sentiments get in her head. The timing of the essay comes at a period when there disability is still discriminated against. We have heard about how challenging it has been for people with disabilities to get employment opportunities, to get married and many other issues. However, the developing idea about infanticide is demeaning and frustrating, especially for the disabled people. The essay therefore responds to this idea, questioning its intent and what it purposes to achieve. Furthermore, the author through the essay also poses a difficult question to the proponents of the infanticide idea, asking them what should happen to the children of racially discriminated people who are less likely to be adopted, if disabled children should be killed at birth. The arguments are purposed for the people, including the haters of people living with disabilities that just like any other person, disabled people have not only a right to life, but also a right to socially interact with every person without fear of discrimination. The essay therefore invites us as readers to develop better attitudes towards these people with different impairments, for without the deformities, they are just human beings like the rest of us.
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  • Fall '15
  • Miss Harriet, Professor Peter Singer, Rhetorical Analysis of Essays

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