Liberal Studies

Topics: Frederick Douglass, Slavery in the United States, Woman Pages: 8 (2925 words) Published: October 29, 2014
The stories I have read were extremely informative. I believe Fredrick Douglass, Richard Rodriguez, Susan Jacoby, and Clayborne Carson intended audience was people similar to them, yet wanted to inform everyone about how education is different between race, and even sex. Even though each writer's audiences were different they all had something similar to teach in their readings, which was the right for equality. Although every writer was straightforward, I believe each one had a different tone to get their point across. In my paper I will explain what each were trying to inform their readers, their similarities, and also their differences. Each writer had strong points to get across that I believe everyone can learn something from Fredrick Douglass

The tone in Learning to Read and Write, by Frederick Douglass was strong, yet empathic. The way he wrote made me feel sorry for what he had to go through just to learn. In the readings he said “Nothing seemed to make her more angry than to see me with a newspaper... I have had her rush at me with a face made up of all fury, and snatch from me a newspaper, in a manner that fully revealed her apprehension.” This made me feel upset to know he had to go through so much what now people abuse so easily. The intended audience, of that time, was directed mainly toward African Americans to inform them what education would bring them, which was freedom. Through learning to read and write Douglass became infuriated to finally understand that he was a slave, and was being treated wrongly. Though sometimes harsh, I believe his story was meant to show what education could do for a slave. I truly believe he was persuading many slaves to educate themselves, and then to run away to help show themselves equal to white people. That's what he wanted to prove to his people, that they can be free, and equal. Richard Rodriguez

Richard Rodriguez's intended audience for The Lonely, Good Company of Books are all younger generations. I think this because he mentions that his parents didn't really seem to understand why he enjoyed reading so much, “But at home I would hear my mother wondering, 'What do you see in your books?'”. Older generations weren't really held accountable if they dropped out early from school. It wasn't frowned upon too much at that time. Rodriguez's tone seems to be a bit of a character when writing this. It has a serious background, but I don't feel like he's trying to pressure me to reading books, I feel he gives me that in a playful way. What he is trying to show his readers is how a relationship was formed between the books and him. He did not like reading at first, but after a one on one session with a nun he found what he can love about them. He tends to get lost in what he is reading, and realized it can open doors for him academic-wise. I feel by him saying this he's trying to convince the younger generation that reading can be entertaining, as well as giving you opportunities to do well in school. Susan Jacoby

Now Susan Jacoby was not playful like Rodriguez was. Her tone in When Bright Girls Decide That Math Is “a Waste of Time” was very serious and informative. Her audience is toward young women, and she's trying to explain why young women need math and science in high school. She actually goes on to say that young woman dumb their self down in math to not look masculine “In adolescence girls begin to fear that they will be unattractive to boys if they are typed as 'brains.'” That truly amazes me that this thought runs through these young ladies minds. She does offer that we need to stop labeling these classes as masculine, and to not let our children get out of math or science. She argues that there needs to be more women in these fields. She does not want the younger generations to have the handicaps in math and science, and I would have to agree with her. Woman need to be part of the working class the involves more than just nursing. In the future I...
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