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“The Last Taboo” by Belinda Luscombe
Journal # 2

1) Since people in society have endued to make the issues of race, age and religion non-issues, it is time to include physical appearance in this category as well. This is the thesis developed in the essay on relationships “The Last Taboo”. “Your religion is no big deal in the U.S anymore. Neither is marrying someone of completely different generation.” this quote supports the author’s thesis because as she stated before religion and age are non-issues anymore. Another example to support the authors thesis is “

2) In “The Last Taboo” the author emphasizes the thesis through the use of dash and rhetorical questions. “Nobody minds of you date outside your tribe... but - as my brothers and sisters of the gay community have found - there’s a world of difference...” the author puts a dash at the beginning and end of the example of the community to emphasize how physical beauty is the subject of discrimination just as homosexuality is. Another example is “do you and your spouse agree on how many mirrors there should be in the house? What angle they are placed at and how well they are lit?” the author uses rhetorical questions here to emphasize if you disagree on something as shallow as where a mirror is placed then how do you deal with actual challenges you have to deal with. These two quotes show that the use of the dash and rhetorical question help the author emphasize the thesis in “The Last Taboo”

3) The style of the essay “The Last Taboo” is informal because of the use and 1st person point of view, contractions use and personal evidence being used. The essay is informal because it is in written in 1st person. “I’m talking of course of marriage outside your looks” the word “I’m” is used here which is 1st person therefore proving to be written in first person. “I didn’t mean to intermarry” there is the use of a contraction here “didn’t” which is only used in informal essays, as in this one. The writer has personal evidence throughout the essay unlike a formal essay which wouldn’t have anything personal. “It was just that I was young and naive enough to think that love will conquer all” this is the authors own personal evidence being used which proves it’s an informal essay. These three quotes prove the essay is informal.

“Breaking the Ice” By Dave Barry
Journal #1

1) “Breaking the Ice” is a personal essay as it contains personal experiences and is written in first person. “I never did this. I know as Eric Knott knows that there was always...” this quote is an example of the essay being in first person as the author uses the word “I” which is done when the point of view being used in first person. A quote that’s an example if there being personal experiences in the essay is “This made for an extraordinary ride for my mother knew her presence was hideously embarrassing”. This quote the author talks about something that happened to him in the past with a girl therefore it being a personal experience. These two quotes prove the essay “Breaking the Ice” is a personal essay.

2) The method of introduction used in the essay “Breaking the Ice” is unusual detail as the essay begins on dating but the introduction is about a mother fish eating her babies. The introduction starts with a mother fish caring for her eggs never leaving their sides “until her tiny babies emerge and at last she is able to eat them. She may be their mother but she’s still a fish.” this is an unusual detail yet its humorous. This proves the essay method of introduction is unusual detail.

3) In “Breaking the Ice” the audience meant for this essay is teenagers who want to ask someone out yet they are afraid of rejection. “To ask a girl out is to walk directly up to her on foot and say ‘so wana go out? Or what?’ I never did this” this quote proves that the audience is meant for teenagers because this is how most teenagers think and the language used such as “so wana go...
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