Begin by reading:
- Rahawa Haile, "Going It Alone" 50 Essays
- Nancy Mairs, "On Being a Cripple" 50 Essays
Your writing task:
Choose one of the essays above and write a five-page essay which analyzes the rhetoric—the way the piece is written and the choices made by the author.
Both of these authors are, in a sense, "outsiders" (and, to tell the truth, so were Douglass and Anzaldúa from the first essay assignment), so your first task as you read is to attempt to get inside their experience, or at least to let them tell their whole tale. Both are plain-spoken and neither fits too well into our conventional stereotype of a "proper author." That's OK. Let them speak before you respond.
- The final product will be typed and double-spaced according to MLA format.
- The essay will be at least 1700 words long. (That's about 5 pages in standard format.)
- If the paper does not meet the minimum length requirement, it will be penalized. If you can't think up enough material for 5 pages, ask for help! Go to the Writing Lab! Ask the instructor for advice!
- The final copy of the paper will be submitted through the Blackboard drop box.
- Peer Editing: Wednesday, October 13, 2021
- Final Copy Due: Monday, October 18, 2021
This essay is worth 125 points.