Monday, August 07, 2006

My Final Blog

When this class first started, I thought it was going to be just like high school AP classes in rhetoric. Back then, they did not teach you theories of rhetoric or how to write essays with different styles and elements. In this class, I was taught that there are many ways to write a paper, and following the standard 5 paragraph structure is not necessarily the most persuasive way to write. I feel as though my writing has developed in this class because I can now not only pick apart an author's writing, but also pick apart my own writing to see what is actually going on.
I also feel as though my abilitiy to analyze text has improved due to the various theories that we were taught. For example, knowing Booth's models of rhetoric, and J.L. Austin's Theories of Persuasion enable me to apply that knowledge outside of the classroom and discover more about whatever it is that I happen to be reading.
Although 5 weeks is really not that long to drastically improve one's writing skills, I do believe that I improved to the extent of what is possible in such a short period of time. It is true that I still have the tendency to revert back to what I learned in the past about writing, but that seems natural since I had only been writing that way for the past 10 years or so.
In conclusion, I feel that this class has been of more benefit to me than I had previously anticipated, and I will continue to use the knowledge that I gained in this class in my professional career.

-Nikhil Out


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