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Kortney Loftin
English 122 G12 MW
Ms. Spencer
4 March 2013

Rhetorical Analysis
In the article “The Power and Mystery of Naming Things” by Eve Ensler, published by National Public Radio on March 20, 2006, states that the being able to name things has a great power over us. As the founder of V-day, a global movement to end violence against women, she directs her article towards women that have a tragic event happen to them at some point in their lives. She encourages women to be able to come out and talk about this event in their life, and by doing this they will become free.

In Ensler’s article she states in her thesis that her words are powerful but yet mysterious. When saying something over and over again, it redirects out thinking, and our thought process on an idea. She uses an example of saying the word “vagina” 128 times in each of her shows, and when doing this opening up her past to the world, she started a worldwide movement to end violence against women. She uses great examples throughout the article how women open up about what they have been through, but Ensler lacks evidence that talking about what has happened to a person, really sets them free.

In the author’s article she gives great examples of how when women open up about what has happened to them, it gives them freedom. Her first example was when she sat down after 20 years and told her mother what her father had done to her as a child. Ensler explains “ It was the naming, the saying of what had actually happened in her presence that lifted my 20-year depression.” With being able to tell her mother what had happened to her as a child had lifted all the “deepest demons” and this made her become free what her father had done to her. Throughout the article she gives many examples on women who explained their story of being raped, “beaten by their boyfriends, or molested by her stepfather.” Ensler goes on about all the stories she has heard were hard to hear, but after hearing these...
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