Analysis Of Getting Started By Anne Lamott

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In the beginning was the Word...

What do the words mean in our life? Have you ever wondered about this? There are so many different words. One single word can turn everything upside down: our own life, someone else’s life, and even the whole world. Nothing could be more perfect than the word. All actions and their consequences are because of words. Words are the most powerful weapon of a human being. I am sure that there will be a lot of people who will be skeptical to this kind of statement (no ‘s’), but if you think about it, you realize that this is true. Words can offend and drag in the mud, saying some words you can destroy someone 's life, start a war, and even kill, but at the same time with the proper words you can encourage and
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What "tricks" do they use? As Linda Flower states in her Writing for an Audience, "The goal of the writer is to create a momentary common ground between the reader and the writer." (Flower, p.91). The essay Getting Started by Anne Lamott is a great example how to do this. In order to help her students to start writing that is about to "turn out to be as easy and pleasurable as bathing the cat" she offers them to turn back time and recall their childhood (Lamott, p.95) . M-m-m! Childhood! So many pleasant memories, worries free life, friends, vacations, celebrations! You didn 't even have a chance to realize, but you are already involved and you feel that the writer is not a boring instructor in college any more, but your friend who knows your feelings and emotions. Author continues to charm you using words combinations like "bright goofy ducklings who follow you anywhere" (you recall countryside and summer vacations), "plug your nose and jump in" (you liked to swim in the lake) (Lamott, p.95). And you are entirely at the mercy of the …show more content…
Author has a personal approach to those readers too. Lamott describes, "If your childhood was less than ideal, you may have been raised thinking that if you told the truth about what really went on in your family, a long ebony white finger would emerge from the cloud...." (Lamott, p.96) And suddenly the image of "The creation of Adam" by Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel pops up in your mind. You think about the Holy Bible, about the testaments in it and peace comes into your heart and you don 't see your childhood in that dark colors. Mary Pipher in her Writing to Change the World attracts your attention by using such expressions as "to ignore the existence of evil" or "I lost my spiritual innocence". (Pipher, p.99) All those examples force us to recall some situations in our life in which we felt the same way. The memories differ but the feelings that we have so much in common with the author helps us to better understand the writer and help the writer to attract the readers who may be just for a moment but will see things as the authors see them. (Flower,

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