In Chapter 4 of It’s What I Do, Addario describes Afghanistan city, Kandahar. Kandahar was home to the infamous terrorist group, the Taliban. As a war photographer, Addario and many of her colleagues were going into the city, entirely unaware of the situation. The author prefaces her description with a tone of sincerity when she expresses her hopes for Kandahar: “We hoped we would arrive in a liberated city” (Addario 103).
To illustrate the atmosphere, Addario utilizes strong language. She starts her description with a simple yet powerful statement: “Inside Kandahar was anarchy” (Addario 103). She continues her account with many descriptive words that truly paint a picture of how things were in Kandahar. The countless descriptors make it so vivid that if I close my eyes, I can picture myself in the war-zone.
Along with her sincerity and descriptors, Addario integrates unique words that peak my interest as a reader. One word in particular that I had never heard of was Kalashnikovs. A google search led me to the realization that Kalashnikovs is a term used to describe a type of automatic rifle.
When writing about my passion I plan to integrate a tone of sincerity through the message I am conveying. My topic is one I truly feel sincere about, and I feel like this will be an easy task. I feel that descriptiveness will be somewhat challenging as I am primarily focusing on facts. However, I plan to have one blog post that truly illustrates the Dreamers’ suffering, and I feel descriptive language here will be crucial. As for unique words, I feel that utilizing a broad vocabulary, and possibly including definitions would interest my blog audience. Addario’s writing strategies are something I plan to reference often while creating my passion blog.