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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.