Analysis Of Literature's Dual Life By Jane Smiley

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In “Colin Kaepernick vs. Tim Tebow: A tale of two Christians on their knees,” reporter Michael Frost argued that Christianity is divided into two distinct parts that are not strong or pious enough to be considered as rich Christianity; noted by Frost, “the bifurcation of contemporary Christianity into two distinct branches is leaving the church all the poorer, with each side needing to be enriched by the biblical meaning of the other.” In order to convince the audiences of this heart-wrenching truth about the division that exists in the current form of Christianity, which is arguably evident in most of the world, Frost employed a considerable amount of contrasting phrases. The contrast device employed by Frost emphasizes, strongly, the division …show more content…
Noted by Smiley, “being honest about Huckleberry Finn goes right to the heart to whether we can be honest about our heritage and identity as Americans.” By employing hypophora, Smiley emphasizes the initial purpose of reading works from a non-contemporary setting. After asking “Why are we reading a Shakespeare play or Huckleberry Finn,” the author answers with “because these works are great, but they also tell us something about the times in which they were created.” The part after the word “but” is important since it explains the reason of the negative effects that can be brought by changing sensitive words that are viewed as unacceptable in the book. Noted by Smiley, these words carry feelings, emotions, and history contexts in them that accurately describe the issues that were happening in the era when the book was written and being honest about these words can help the students to immerse themselves in the setting from which the words were created, which was emphasized in the last part of Smiley’s answer to the question. Overall, the article is compelling since the author uses evidences to reinforce his primary argument. For example, in order to convince the reader that changing words have unintended effects on the audience’s evaluation of the work, the author illustrates that the word “‘slavery’ doesn’t carry the same shock value, and so it toned down what Twain is getting at.’” Another example would be when the Smiley states that the values hidden in the book covered with a “comic veneer” are “transient,” which provides a reason for the action of the publisher to modify words that they view inappropriate. More importantly, these examples also

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