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Avoiding the first and second person

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Avoiding the first and second person

  1. 1. Saying “I” in an essay inserts the writer, andweakens the authority of the writer. We take it as astatement of fact when we read “An article writtendifferently than the social norm should not bereprimanded because it is a tribute to a culture.”Clearly, this is the author’s opinion; however, weaccept it as fact because it is written as a fact. “Itbaffles me that an article written differently thanthe social norm is reprimanded even though it’s totribute a culture of such dialect” inserts you as thewriter and reinforces the fact that it’s an opinionand makes it easy to discount. BE the authority.
  2. 2. Saying “you” assumes that you know whatthe reader does. (“You notice the dresseron the left.”)You cannot know what the reader does.
  3. 3. We are made to see the deplorableconditions suffered by black Americans.African Americans suffered underdeplorable conditions.
  4. 4. The article “Falling Back Into History: TheUncanny Trauma of Blackface Minstrelsyin Spike Lees Bamboozled” really tries tomake you focus on the aspect of whetherthe United States ever put slavery in thepast or if the United States still has ways ofremembering or reliving slavery.
  5. 5. The article “Falling Back Into History: TheUncanny Trauma of Blackface Minstrelsyin Spike Lees Bamboozled” focuses onwhether the United States still has ways ofremembering or reliving slavery.
  6. 6. While reading “Grotesque Laughter,Unburied Bodies, and History: Shape-shifting in Lewis Nordans Wolf Whistle” Ifound myself nodding along in agreementwith most of the things Pollack says.
  7. 7. It is hard not to agree with Pollack’sstatements in “GrotesqueLaughter, Unburied Bodies, and History:Shape-shifting in Lewis Nordans WolfWhistle.”Pollack makes many astute claims in“Grotesque Laughter, UnburiedBodies, and History: Shape-shifting inLewis Nordans Wolf Whistle.”
  8. 8. After reading this article there are a fewthings that I would like to address.Some of the issues that should beaddressed are . . . .

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