Professions for Women

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Professions for Women Rhetorical Strategies
Writing any type of paper, letter, research report, or really anything at all requires certain elements to capture or ensnare your audience’s attention. These elements are known as rhetorical strategies—diction, syntax, imagery, and descriptive details. Woolf’s essay “Professions for Women” is no different. Speaking for women who cannot, wont or are afraid to speak of the injustices and problems of facing the “phantom and obstacles” of the world she speaks to the men of this world. Using rhetorical strategies mentioned earlier she stresses their view of the world. Through the rhetorical strategies of anecdotes, figurative language, and specific description of details such as the bleak view of her routine life.

Anecdotes a word your average [person would no know the meaning of. An anecdote—a short story or narrative usually used to a humorous effect—is used to a different effect in this –prestigious and insightful—paper of Woolf’s. All through the paper she utilizes anecdotes; such as “[s]he had only to move that pen left to right—from ten o’clock to one. Then it occurred to her to do what is simple and cheap enough after all – to slip a few of those pages into an envelope, fix a penny stamp in the corner and drop the envelope into the red box…” using these anecdotes she lets her audience see that she had experienced every “phantom and obstacle” through her inquiring piece of work; which established credibility and for her audience – believed to be the men of the world – to see and feel what it is like to experience the “phantom and obstacles” a woman experiences.

Figurative language is used every day by millions of people without them actually knowing that’s what they’re using. But, yet writers use it as a rhetorical strategy; a tool if you will to capture or a better word is to ensnare an audience’s attention to their work. To take hold of their imagination from the very central of their cerebral cortex; to make...
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