sounds.” This shows the lack of comfort and ability to identify with any particularlinguistic group. Another example is when he does not feel comfortable calling hisparents mother and father due to the lack of a single language to speak in at home. Thisadds into the image that he is the only singer and that the song he is singing is his life.4.Rodriguez builds emotional appeal in the first four paragraphs due to the sympatheticdiction. When he opens the memoir, Rodriguez tells the audience about how he came tobe at the school he was in. We called himself an “accident of geography,” referring to hisskin color. Living in a predominantly white upper-class neighborhood, Rodriguezlearned that he was ‘less important’ in the views of the surrounding people's eyes. Theword accident adds into this effect the most due to the negative connotation attached tothe word. Another example of sympathetic diction in the first four paragraphs that helped
Jack SobelOctober 10, 2017Period 7build emotional appeal is the quote “I was astonished.” Having just described the otherkids in class as “uneasy,” “astonished,” makes Rodriguez seem more vulnerable to theaudience, building sympathy. This kind of diction places the idea that he is unconfidentand thinks of himself as insignificant in the reader's head.5.In the quote, “[I]n one way, it didn’t matter very much that my parents could not speakenglish with ease… And yet, in another way, it mattered very much,” Rodriguez is showthe indecisiveness of his childhood through the sentence structure of this quote. Forexample, Rodriguez goes from Spanish to English through his day with no real structureto go by. This sentence symbolizes this because of the way it goes from one idea to acomplete opposite idea in one sentence, just like his childhood. This is also apparent withRodriguez’s thoughts on his father. First, he thinks of his father as fun, but eventually getto be “silent.” This also symbolizes the two ideas in one sentence. 6.Going from paragraph 38 to paragraph 41 and the change in the “quite at home”compared to in public changes. This makes the audience feel that the change is not worththe “dramatic Americanization.” In the beginning of the reading, Rodriguez’s life ishappy. He was ignorant that didn’t realize that other people didn't speak english
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