Rhetorical Analysis Of Norman Cousins's Anatomy Of An Illness

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“The tragedy of life is not death but what we let die inside of us while we live” is the view Norman Cousins voiced in his autobiography Anatomy of an Illness. Norman Cousins lived in a medical era when physicians rarely consulted with their patients employing medical practices that they believed best. However, Cousins revolutionized the physician-patient relationship when he forged an unusual relationship with his physician. Together they worked to restore Cousins’ health. A team works as a unit to achieve the same goal. A team cannot be weighed down with negativity, so it must retain its morale. A team’s common goal binds its members and motives individuals to help each other. The outlook and collaboration Norman Cousins discloses in his …show more content…
In 1805, Seneca Chief Red Jacket addressed White Missionaries to convince them to cease their work for a number of reasons. Delivering his speech in front of them and the Iroquois Confederacy, Red Jacket boldly states, “If we find it does them good, and makes them honest, and less disposed to cheat Indians, we will then consider again what you have said,” manifesting his knowledge that their white neighbors will continue to break their treaties and therefore the Native Americans will never have to consider the missionaries’ preachings (2). He employs the rhetorical device of sarcasm to highlight the Europeans exploitation of the Natives’ and their resources. In showcasing this, Red Jacket logically explains by presenting a problem for the missionaries that they cannot resolve. Once the missionaries realize their inability to change the opinions of the nearby Christians, they will have to acknowledge the faults of Christian actions. He also reveals bitterness in the Native American population because they initially helped the Europeans throughout their colonization. In return, the Natives and their descendants inherited war, destruction, and …show more content…
They voiced their dissent on multiple occasions but were ignored by those in power. For instance, Red Jacket valiantly tried to convince white missionaries from spreading their culture because Christianity has not proven its merit to the Natives yet. However, Native Americans were forced onto reservations and history books neglected to mention the genocide of America’s indigenous population. Native Americans today compromis a margin of the population and struggle to retain the cultural values of their ancestors. Personally, I have learned that Native Americans were not only conquered through land but also through culture. They tried to voice their dissent but were overshadowed by the emerging European nations. The Native Americans deserve to have their voices heard and listened

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