The essay “A Spectator’s Notebook” is about a mother who takes a more in depth look at sports and the effect they have on every generation, including young children. She begins her piece by appealing to pathos through a personal story that reflects on her experiences with sports through her own child. She explains that her family was never really able to bond through normal every day activities. She is a different kind of girl, which enjoys sports and has been interested and affiliated through the idea of sports (especially football) her entire life. The same effect took toll amongst her son Ben, but he was interested more in basketball or golf. Her main point through her piece is that a sport isn’t just something fun to watch or parts take in. It has a motivational impact that takes toll on emotions as well. Vervaecke supports her claim with evidence, revealing her prospect on sports. She shows through her writing that she loves her son, and sports is extremely in love with the fact that her son envies sports and is motivated by it to excel in life and show others that he can be as good as his idols or favorite professionals. Through juxtaposition, the author shows that she involves herself within sports. Basically, she is saying that sports are her life. She enjoys nothing but sports. She loves sports, her husband loves sports, and her son now loves sports as well. She wishes she could’ve done so many more sports when she was younger, and applies her ability to play and fully understands the advantage that individuals have by playing sports. Shea, Renee H. Introduction. The Language of Composition: Reading, Writing, Rhetoric. Boston, MA: Bedford / St. Martins, 2007. N. pag. Print.
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