Reading Response 3

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Reading Response #5 As Cynthia Ozick says in her essay “She: Portrait of the Essay as a Warm Body”, “an essayist must be an artist”. In this essay she explains the importance of writers when it comes to essays. Each essay has a different content, but they each embody their writer. Their words are taken from the warm body that they come from and are translated onto the page. At the conclusion of her essay, Ozick personifies the essay as “she”, giving us a better idea of what an essay would look like or would do if it were a “she”. Ozick says “She may be bold, she may be diffident, she may rely on beauty or cleverness, on eros or exotica. Whatever her story, she is the protagonist, the secret self's personification”. She uses the title in her essay to say that the writing can be looked at as if it were an actual person. It embodies the writer, yes, but it also embodies a person. Each essay is so uniquely and differently written that it is not like any other, much like people. No two people are the exact same, just like no two essays are the exact same. Later in the same paragraph, Ozick states “she is a presence in the doorway; she leads us from room to room”. This tells us that like a hostess of a party, essays detail the sequential order of the content. Much like a hostess, they take care of all the minor details as well as the big picture. Ozick’s essay helps us to understand the theme, and how it connects to the title. She compared the essay to a warm body, or a living person, to show that they can contain all the qualities of a human being, and that like people, no two essays are the same. Reading Response #6 In Joseph Epstein’s essay “The Personal Essay: A Form of Discovery”, his theme is just of that, the discovery you make when you are writing about yourself. Yes, just about anyone who has gone to school has written about themselves. When you were
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