Analysis Of The Book ' Tragedy Of Triumph ' By John Tartaglio And Andrew Chapin

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Throughout chapters ten through sixteen of the nonfiction novel From Tragedy to Triumph, John Tartaglio and Andrew Chapin assert that Tartaglio’s disability does not define him as a person. The two main objectives of the authors are to use humor to display how, despite what some may initially think, Tartaglio is more than his disability. Tartaglio and Chapin attempt to appeal to a younger audience, specifically readers who are between the ages of thirteen and twenty, by emphasizing the transition from high school to college and Tartaglio’s feelings of independence and a growing sense of maturity and self-responsibility. The pair is attempting to target readers who are currently experiencing a transition from childhood to adulthood. Tartaglio and Chapin use humor to capture the attention of readers and to emphasize how Tartaglio is more than his disability. His disability does not define who he is as a person or what he is able to accomplish. Tartaglio affirms that “I was not ‘disabled’ in my eyes, and I did not want anyone else to treat me like a charity case” (92). He did not want to be the center of attention; Tartaglio strived to live the life of a “normal” freshman in college. This proved to be difficult, when the truth about what happened to Tartaglio spread like wildfire. However, Tartaglio approaches this situation with a sense of humor that highlights how his spirit would refuse to be let down by rumors. He even provides a laugh-out-loud anecdote of a college girl

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