RCL #3

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.

1 thought on “RCL #3

  1. I agree that the section that describes the Afghanistan City is written with vivid language. I really appreciate the fact that not only did you write the blog describing her use, you employed these tactics in your own writing. Specifically, “he countless descriptors make it so vivid that if I close my eyes, I can picture myself in the war-zone.” Your statement helps capture the thoughts of every person who read that section of the book. I agree that the use of imagery will be good to help the reader understand what is truly happening the the dreamers. I also think that the use of a broader vocabulary will not only help inform the reader of new words and their definitions but also help with your imagery usage and painting the picture of the dreamers suffering.

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