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  • “A Fable for Tomorrow”
    What you could have said
  • The Title
    It’s a “fable”
    Fairy tale
    Sets you up for revelation that it’s not true (not a big pull the rug out at the end)
    Has a moral
    Note the opening: “There was once…” like “once upon a time”
  • Images: Positive
    “checkerboard” farms
    Lush growth
    Variety of bird and animal life
    All seasons are abundant and beautiful
  • Images: Negative
    Strange blight
    Mysterious maladies
    Unexpected deaths
    (woo woowoo – it’s the Twilight zone!)
  • About the Contrast
    Heaven/Hell or Peace/War
    Note that “clouds” of blossom becomes sinister white cloud of powder
    “shady” pools of trout becomes “shadow of death” (and this is Biblical ref)
    Blaze of colour in fall become brown and withered as though “swept by fire”
    Also reference to Keats, “and no birds sang”
  • Which brings us to her audience
    Farmers
    Rural
    Not necessarily super well educated, but superstitious and religious
  • What are their values?
    Money, yes, but
    Health
    “American” pastoral ideal
    Family
    And she plays to all of those – even money; note that cash animals also die, and no pollination means no crops
  • Rhetorical Appeal: Ethos
    Carson’s own credibility
    Appeal to core “Americana” values
  • Rhetorical Appeal: Pathos
    Well, yeah… it’s pretty obvious.
    (and this is one place where maybe you could attack her for overdoing it. Maybe)
  • Is it Successful?
    Well, that’s up to you, but you need to put it in context. They hadn’t “heard it all before” in 1962.