Topics: Rhetoric, Writing, Logic Pages: 2 (656 words) Published: December 14, 2012
Through the year, I believe that I significantly changed as a writer, reader, and thinker. I think one of my biggest improvements as a writer was definitely my development and finding of my voice in argument and synthesis essays, especially since many of the essays I had to write in previous years were mostly objective analysis that did not require any voice in argument. As a person, I find myself to be frank and sarcastic, and I think I have incorporated some of that voice in my argument essays. This is true in the argument essay in my senior portfolio in which I argued against Singer’s stand that charity rescues impoverished countries. I incorporated many rhetorical questions in my argument essay which greatly helped to develop my voice. I also created a hypothetical situation in which I used sarcastic diction to bring the audience into the act - I described how while “we sit prettily on our sofas” watching ads about poor children of impoverished nations, we fail to realize that “corrupt leadership” is a major factor in the poverty of many people. With my sarcastic language, I was able to bring to light the faulty beliefs we as a society have towards charity and the poverty of other countries. In retrospect, I think my argument and synthesis essays are the strongest of the three types of essays in AP English, even though I had not done a single one of them three years prior to taking AP English.

This brings me to my next observation. Though I am stronger in argument and synthesis essays, I think my weakness is in the rhetorical analysis. Even from freshman year, I was never strong in essays in which I had to analyze the themes and motifs of a certain novel - in the same way this year, I was never truly strong in analyzing the rhetoric of an author and explaining the purpose and effect of the rhetoric. This was extremely evident in one of my first rhetorical analysis essays of the year on the novel What is the What by Dave Eggers. While I was able to identify...
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