Rethorical Analysis

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EXCELLENT AP RHETORICAL ANALYSIS ESSAY Teacher Commentary This essay perceptively analyzes how certain rhetorical techniques develop purpose in one passage of Their Eyes Were Watching God. The writer provides plentiful evidence in the form of quotations which are smoothly blended and analyzed in depth and detail. The analysis reveals subtle aspects of the author’s style. The introduction could be shortened; only a brief statement of the context for the passage is needed. In addition, some of the sentences are so long that they lack clarity. Although the student’s writing style could be tightened, this is an excellent example of insightful and thorough analysis of rhetorical devices as they accomplish purpose.

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Rhetorical Analysis Essay for Their Eyes Were Watching God, Chapter 19, pages 275 276: “Then she saw…couldn’t rest until it heard.” Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God is the story of one black woman’s attempt to realize her dreams and to achieve happiness in her life. Throughout the book, the reader follows Janie Woods as she travels from one man to the next and from one town to the next in search of happiness, freedom, and love. Janie abandons her first husband and the oppressive, conventional life that she lives with him in order to pursue a more stimulating, adventurous, and exciting one with Jody Sparks. With his big dreams for the future and his plans to build an “all-colored” town, Jody seems at first to embody the very things that Janie is seeking in life, but he very quickly turns out to be as oppressive and restrictive as Janie’s first husband. When he dies, however, both Janie and the reader become acquainted with Tea Cake, a relatively poor yet nonetheless charming man who professes his love to Janie and asks her to run away with him to the Everglades. Janie does, and it becomes clear that Tea Cake and

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