Rhetorical Analysis

1569 Words Nov 30th, 2011 7 Pages
Cole Richardson
Professor Bedwell
English 1321 10
11 October 2011 Rhetorical Analysis Essay 2
We Do Abortions Here: A Nurse’s Story, written by Sallie Tisdale, was first published in 1990 by October’s edition of Harper’s Magazine.
Tisdale was motivated to write this article because she is an American nurse and essayist. She is a writer on health and medical issues and anything in between. The purpose of this article is to inform the readers on how often abortion is called upon, along with the thoughts of these young women and children having them done. I would say the audience of this article is a well-educated, middle class people, because some of the vocabulary can be a little difficult at times.
We Do Abortions Here: A Nurse’s Story,
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For instance a woman who is a month in a half pregnant would just sit back and let “The doctor [reach] in her, opening the narrow tunnel to the uterus with a succession of slim, smooth bars of steel. He inserts a plastic tube and hooks it to a hose on the machine…..[as] The machine rumbles low and loud in the small windowless room; the doctor moves the tubes back and forth with an efficient rhythm, and the long tail fills with blood that spurts and stumbles along into a jar” (748). This quote is effective to the story because it gives great detail of how painful the process is. Now for someone who is farther along in their pregnancy it is a little more brutal and the pain is more intense because the doctor “quickly grabs and crushes the fetus in several places, while the room is filled with a low clatter and snap of the forceps, the click of the tanaculum, and a pulling, sucking sound” (753). The effectiveness of this quote compares a five month pregnant uterus to one of which that is still in the first trimester of pregnancy, and allows you to see that the longer you wait the more painful the procedure is going to be.
Although her writing was effective, it was also ineffective at the same time because her writing is confusing and unclear. Her writing is unclear because her story is not structured well and needs to be structured a lot better; it jumps from subject to subject and then back to another
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