12 September 2011
Rhetorical Analysis of Nancy Sommers: Between the Drafts
Harvard graduate Nancy Sommers wrote Between the Drafts in February 1992. In many papers, a person is able to tell the direction of the paper within the first paragraph. However in Sommers article, the thesis does not appear until the end. Sommer’s thesis is “It is the thrill of the pull between someone else’s authority and our own, between submission and independence that we must discover how to define ourselves” (31). She uses her own personal experience to demonstrate that when writing how easy it is to lose sight of one’s own voice while trying to follow formal procedure. Sommer presents a good argument because she uses her own experiences in the beginning which readers lose sight of what the papers truly about. Through the course of her argument Sommers uses her personal life, methods of teaching and college experience to support her claim. . In Sommers article, she starts by talking about the book Struvelpater that her father read her time after time. Struvelpater was a book about a little boy whom refused to cut his hair or fingernails (23). It presents a wonderful moral about how children should listen to their parents and not follow their own judgment. Sommers soon came to realize that her parents did not like to follow authority just like her. . As she quotes in her essay “we lacked the freedom of our own authority and stuck close to each other and the book itself” (24). They never took a walk in another’s shoes. Her parents took her on many trips. In every picture taken on their trip, their car was always in the picture These stories provide powerful evidence to how one writes today. All of one’s experience portray how one writes. Sommer’s parents and her experiences with them are a great example of how they lost sight of themselves. They never truly stuck to having an adventure because they were always scared. Although this logic is...
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