Rhetorical Strategies to Transform Woman’s Reality

This rhetorical analysis was written for an advanced rhetorical course during my first semester of my senior year at Western Michigan University (2013). It explores the motive of Walt Disney Pictures choosing to adapt gruesome stories into children’s movies. Going against popular criticism of Disney princess movies being anti-feminist in nature, I argue that the Disney films recognize that the original stories were fundamentally the ascent from innocence to adulthood. This is a relatively long piece.

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Rooted: Children’s Growth Through Summer Camp

In honor of Camp Lor-Ray beginning its 2014 season… This piece was written for an advanced creative nonfiction course. I wrote it during the first semester of my sophomore year at Western Michigan University (2011). After spending more than ten summer at Camp Lor-Ray I decided to construct a manuscript explaining the importance of summer camp in a child’s life. Interviews with past campers and current staff members were conducted through face-to-face meetings, telephone, and email.

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Thrilling Tides: Terrell Burton’s Tale

This piece was written for an advanced creative nonfiction course. I wrote it during the first semester of my sophomore year at Western Michigan University (2011). The facts in this story are accurate according to the Herald-Palladium, South Bend WNDU news, information from Terrell’s friends, as well as from my own observations. This is in memory of Terrell Burton and in celebration of his achievements which were inspiring to many people around him.

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The Weakness in Hamlet: Discovering Feminism through Gertrude and Ophelia

This piece was written for an honors literature course. I wrote this manuscript during the second semester of my freshman year at Valparaiso University (2011). Exploring numerous texts and scholarly journals, I aimed to demonstrate Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a feminist piece. This is not to say I tried to show Shakespeare himself was a feminist, rather I used Hamlet as evidence that the feminist movement was spurred by such pieces. I argue that works such as Hamlet which have submissive female characters only urged feminism throughout society, and still continues to push equality in the world today. This is a relatively long piece.

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