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Brynn Torrence Professor Padgett Engl.

1101 November 19th, 2013

Writing plays a very important role in everything that occurs within society. Without writing how would propaganda have been spread throughout the world wars? How would companies sell their products? And how would our knowledge be increased the way it is every time we pickup a book to read? With writing being such a crucial element I feel as though it is necessary to set guidelines as to how writing should be done. One of the most important elements for me in writing is being able to prove a point while being clear, concise, and capturing your audiences attention. Without proving a point in an essay, what is the point of even writing one? Either in an academic paper, a book, or a short story there is always a topic that the reader needs to be persuaded of. This quality is one that I strive to achieve in all of my papers. There are several ways that I feel you can do this, all of which are of equal importance. Oneway is to bring up strong points from both sides of the argument and defend why your side is the best. For me this is the most difficult part to achieve when arguing two sides. Whenever I am engrossed in writing a paper I dont stop to think of ways the other side of the argument could possibly be right. I always assume that my audience will pick up on reasons why my argument is superior, but this obviously should not be the situation. Being in the English class that I am enrolled in has taught me some very important tips to arguing your point. In the previous two papers that I have written I have very clearly lacked a strong solution to the problems that I expressed concern for. A way that I have learned how to fix this is by cutting out things that are not important. When you cut unimportant items out of your writing you are only left with things of the utmost importance. By doing this, it will force an individual to elaborate on those things

Brynn Torrence Professor Padgett Engl. 1101 November 19th, 2013 therefore making their argument indisputable. This, to me, is a key part to good writing. Without strongly supporting your side it is easy for even yourself to get lost in what you truly are attempting to persuade your audience of. While this part of writing is something you should always strive to accomplish, it is not always the easiest to be done. I feel as though being able to persuade something depends on your audience as well. For example in The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle he is attempting to persuade the young children that, in fact, the caterpillar is very hungry. As you can see in the text below he gives a strong idea of how hungry the caterpillar actually is. On Saturday, he ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon That night he had a stomach ache.

By listing all of these items in the book Eric Carle is persuading his audience that the Caterpillar is actually hungry. For an adult, not all of this list would necessarily be needed, but to a child this is the type of persuasion they need to be shown in order to understand fully. For an example at a higher level of reading, Holden Caulfield, the main character in The Catcher in the Rye, in my opinion is out to convince everyone of just how phony people are. Somebodyd written fuck you on the wall. It drove me damn near crazy. I thought how Phoebe and all the other little kids would see it, and how theyd wonder what the hell it meant, and then finally some dirty kid would tell them- all cockeyed, naturallywhat it meant, and how theyd all think about it and maybe even worry about it for a couple of days.

Brynn Torrence Professor Padgett Engl. 1101 November 19th, 2013 In my opinion, this excerpt is where Holden is telling everyone where the phoniness begins in an individual. He is attempting to persuade the reader that every individual starts out innocent and then one day they are basically corrupted by the world, which in turn produces a phony. My opinion of this piece may or may not be the best interpretation, but I do believe J.D. Salinger is attempting to persuade us of something that not everyone would be able to pick up on. This goes to show that the way you portray your persuasion is very important depending on your target audience. Not only is your audience a very important thing to consider while trying to persuade a reader of a certain things, but I feel as though your grammar has a large part to do with persuasion as well. Without decent grammatical skills not only will your piece be difficult to read, but it will make yourself less credible as well and without credibility there is no point in attempting to persuade someone of something. In my years of being educated about how important grammar was all of that was thrown out in my senior year English class. My teacher, who soon became my favorite, taught us that authors who have created pieces of writing that are said to be the classics are excused from the rules of grammar. In his opinion authors of this status were allowed to do certain things like making fragmented sentences. This, he told us, was only meant for affect. Whenever the authors use fragments it can do several things for a reader. One way that is obvious is when an author displays a characters mood by using fragments. Even though it is apparently acceptable for an experienced author to be able to do this, I still feel as though an amateur, like someone of my writing status, should not be allowed to do such things.

Brynn Torrence Professor Padgett Engl. 1101 November 19th, 2013 Yes, every individual has their own specific style of writing, which may include things such as fragments, I still dont believe strongly in knowing certain aspects of grammar. These aspects to me are things like the differences between the tos, the theres, and the yours. If an individual is attempting to persuade me that global warming is the worst problem in todays society and they do not know the difference between these things, I do not feel as though I will be able to trust them, which hurts their persuasion tactics. Another factor that I find important in writing is the ability to prove your point in a way that is clear to the majority of your audience. I have learned this semester from reading sections of the book On Writing by Stephen King that sometimes the biggest word isnt always the best word. An example from Stephen King would be this. the basic rule of vocabulary is use the first work that comes to your mind, it its appropriate and colorful. Whenever an author flaunts their vocabulary just to attempt to show how grandiose it is is very distracting in my opinion. I agree with King in this statement. Spending too much time going back and trying to improve your vocabulary is a waste of time that just hurts the piece of writing more than it helps it. By doing this it also affects the persuasion by making it unclear of what you are attempting to convey. One reason I truly enjoy The Catcher in the Rye is due to the fact that it has a simplistic vocabulary so therefore it is easier to read and easier to pick up on underlying themes. In my opinion these are the most important things you can do while writing to ensure that it is good writing. Even though I feel everyones idea of what good writing actually is can be completely different from the next persons, I do feel that there are

Brynn Torrence Professor Padgett Engl. 1101 November 19th, 2013 certain things that should be a constant in all writing. To me this would obviously be by persuading your audience of what is the most important or the biggest theme in your writing. There should be a combination of all of the things I mentioned, which are supporting both sides of an argument/showing what part of the argument are the most important, grammar, and a writers vocabulary in order to have a decent piece of writing in my opinion.

Brynn Torrence Professor Padgett Engl. 1101 November 19th, 2013

Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. New York: Harper's Inc., 1980. Print. Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown and company, 1951. Print. King, Stephen. On Writing. New York: Scriber, 2000. Print.