Rhetorical Analysis

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Bret Beavers Instructor: Laura Grow English 0700.104 9.18.13 Rhetorical Analysis of “The Wages of Teaching” Teaching is one of the toughest jobs in the working field. Not everyone seems to understand just what all the under-paid teachers deal with let alone finish every day. In a Newsweek magazine article by Anna Quindlen titled ”The Wages of Teaching”, Quindlen gives a voice to the everyday school teacher. She argues how underpaid and underestimated they are. Quindlen’s approach to society’s ignorance towards teaching creates a rock solid resolve that plainly states why teachers should be paid more. When Quindlen gives her first assertion after a supportive story of her time at an elementary school, she states that “teaching’s the toughest job there is.” After she smoothly eases into her first main argument, she supports it with even more anecdotes, views of authority and analogies that make the opinion a little more boulder. She uses a quote, “Teaching is harder than working on docks and warehouses” from Frank McCourt’s memoir Teacher Man to open up the support to her main assertion and smoothly go into a few analogies of her own. She helps her readers think through her main assertion and states how there are no more summer vacations and the early mornings are dedicated to students who need extra advice or extra help. “Evenings are for test corrections,” Quindlen writes. “Weekends and summers are for second and even third jobs to help pay the bills.” With this analogy, Quindlen strongly appeals to her readers of how tough it is for teachers to live with what little of a salary they

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