Based on the book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman (here is the link to the book: http://anthropology.msu.edu/anp370-us15/files/2015…)
In this essay, you will be exploring the rhetorical devices Fadiman employs as she presents her final opinion of the Hmong.
Prompt: Based primarily on chapters 10-19 of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, explain Fadiman’s view on assimilation for the Hmong.
Your response may consider such key rhetorical devices as organization of text, juxtaposition of imagery, and the use of paradox.
An “A” response will feature:
- an awareness of how Fadiman continually places the Hmong point of view next to the American’s
- a successful analysis of examples that both succeed and fail in terms of assimilation
- an understanding of the complexities of the issues of assimilation when human life is at stake
- a successful discussion of the use of strategies the author employs to convey her position
- grammatical accuracy
***Needs to be around 3-4 paragraphs***