Analysis Of Jimmy Santiago Baca 's ' Coming Into Language ' Essay

950 Words Oct 17th, 2016 4 Pages
Jimmy Santiago Baca uses rhetoric throughout his story “Coming into Language” to show the reader the discrimination he went through, and how angry he was about it. In his story Baca gives the reader a feel of what it was like being Chicano, and how he was being discriminated against. Baca argues that discrimination occurs all around the world even now in modern times. Baca gives us his story on being discriminated against and how he handled it. Baca’s use of negative emotions and facts about his life in his rhetoric to show the reader what he went through, and how people tried to steal his literacy. Throughout the story, Baca uses a great deal of emotion in his rhetoric to help the readers understand what he went through. Even at a young age Baca had a tough life. Baca explains, “On weekend graveyard shifts at St. Joseph’s Hospital I worked the emergency room, mopping up pools of blood and carting plastic bags stuffed with arms, legs, and hands to the outdoor incinerator… I was seventeen” (1). Baca sets an emotional standpoint in this quote because it is the very first line of his story. Baca shows emotion in this quotes by using imagery to tell the reader, and show the reader what he did on a daily basis at his job. Baca writes, “When strangers and outsiders questioned me I felt the hang-rope tighten around my neck and the trapdoor creak beneath my feet” (4). Baca establishes pathos in this quote by explaining to the reader that he felt different than other people,…

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