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Posted on February 28, 2019

         In the last few days, I read three essays of “ Why I Write” by three different authors, Terry Tempest William, Joan Didion, and Geroge Orwell. I enjoyed reading “Why I Write” by Terry Tempest Williams the most. Throughout the essay, the author uses rhetorical devices such as imagery, repetition, and symbolism. As I was reading the piece, I felt I made a connection with the author, and eventually, my emotions were affected by the powerful and direct words. She uses pathos to relay her passion for writing as well as the vivid imagery the author presented to us. The most prominent rhetorical feature of the essay is the use of repetition.

         The author uses constant repetition of “ I write” allowing the readers to have a glimpse of her personal life. The author opens up her inner feelings and thoughts to the readers with a straightforward writing style. For example, “I write because it is dangerous, a bloody risk, like love, to form the words, to say the words, to touch the source, to be touched, to reveal how vulnerable we are, how transient.” The risk she takes is to completely open up to the readers, to be vulnerable, and share everything with us regardless of if it is good or not so pretty. The author writes to overcome her embarrassment, her fear, her anger, and her colors of memory.

        This piece amazes me because I did not expect to have an emotional rollercoaster when reading the essay.  My favorite sentence is “I write as though I am whispering in the ear of the one I love.” This is the last sentence of the essay; I liked it because it gives a gentle and intimate sentiment that answers the reason why the author writes and how she writes.  I love the essay because not only have I had a personal connection with the essay, but also her words moved me and reminded me of the reason why I write. I use writing as a therapeutic method to heal my past struggles, bad memories, and to collect my thoughts.


  1. alepan

    I really enjoyed how you brought your personal experience to your writing by mentioning the reason why you write and I liked how you included your personal reaction to reading the pieces by saying how it put you through a emotional rollercoaster. This raw emotion that you are able to convey through your writing really made me feel the same way too because in my case sometimes I write to relieve stress and just put my emotions on a piece of paper so that I am able to recollect and in a way to release stress.

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