Rhetorical Analysis

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Brandon Vanwert 11/6/12 Eng101LecR5 Soma Feldmar Imagination and Reality Rhetorical Analysis The essay "Imagination and Reality" was written by Jeanette Winterson. Winterson is a British writer who was born in Manchester, England. After moving to London, her first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, won the 1985 Whitbread Prize for a First Novel, and was adapted for television by Winterson in 1990. This in turn won the BAFTA Award for Best Drama. She won the 1987 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize forThe Passion, a novel set in Napoleonic Europe. "Imagination and Reality" is published in her book of essays, Art Objects. In "Imagination and Reality", Jeannette Winterson talks about imagination, reality, and art. Throughout the essay, she…show more content…
For the artist they must use imagination to create their own reality for the viewer to interpret. Winterson refers back to the late medieval and Renaissance times of Europe where the artist was very respected, because it was about bringing back visions, not money. It was in Victorian England where artists started to lose there credibility and were looked at as harmful rather than helpful. Winterson attributes our lack of appreciation for art to the Victorian legacy. She states, "We live in a money culture because they did. Control by plutocracy is a nineteenth century phenomenon that has been sold to us as a blueprint for reality. But what is real about the values of a money culture?" Winterson is trying to show that just because we have been living in a money culture for a long time, that doesn't mean it has better values. She believes that its not the artist that is out of touch with reality, but that the artist is actually more in touch with reality than a typical believer of the "money culture." "Imagination and Reality" offers many different ways of proving the point that reality is the application of one's imagination. Another way that Winterson intensifies her argument is through the use of logos, the means of persuading by logic. The author refers to history to back up her point of view. She talks about in the earliest Hebrew creation stories, how Yahweh makes a clay model of a man and breathes on it to bring it to
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