In the beginning, because I felt, as only a young girl can feel it, all the pain of being an ugly duckling. I was not only timid, I was afraid. Afraid of almost everything, I think: of mice, of the dark, of imaginary dangers, of my own inadequacy. My chief objective as a girl was to do my duty. -- Eleanor Roosevelt
What details in the paragraph help you understand what Eleanor Roosevelt felt and experienced? How is this an example of autobiography ?
Same elements as fiction (conflict, setting, etc.)
Eleanor was born in a fine townhouse in Manhattan. Her family also owned an elegant mansion along the Hudson River, where they spent weekends and summers. As a child Eleanor went to fashionable parties. A servant took care of her and taught her to speak French. Her mother, the beautiful Anne Hall Roosevelt, wore magnificent jewels and fine clothing. Her father, Elliot Roosevelt, had his own hunting lodge and liked to sail and to play tennis and polo … The Roosevelt family, one of America’s oldest, wealthiest families, was respected and admired. -William Jay Jacobs, “Eleanor Roosevelt”
What do the details in the paragraph tell you about Eleanor Roosevelt’s life and background? How is this an example of biography ?
tries to convince readers to adopt a certain perspective
EXPOSITORY , PERSUASIVE , or PERSONAL ? “ The story of the Titan predicted exactly what would happen to the Titanic fourteen years later. It was an eerie prophecy of terrible things to come.” Sometimes I think we would be better off if we forgot about the broad strokes and concentrated on the details. The only thing that can help them is genuine love. You must truly love us.