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Lani Guinier in the excerpt from The Tyranny of the Majority illustrates the central theme of her academic writing -- not all rules lead to elemental fair play49 She discusses the importance of the consideration of the minority in a majority rules position and provides solid alternatives to the tyrannical approach of a winlose situation While taking her audience into careful consideration Guinier opens her piece by stating her lifelong ambition I have always wanted to be a civil rights lawyer49 Her statement as the first sentence in this piece gives the reader a sense of who she is and her purpose As the first African-American woman tenured professor in the Harvard Law School48 she composes an entirely logical argument while holding true to her initial passion voting rights one of the long-standing initiatives of the civil rights movement48 She is a prominent author among law journals and written works concerning her purpose as a coalition builder and appeals to both audiences as well as students Guinier is able to uphold a strong position attractive to both fields while providing powerful personal evidence and documented quotes from a highly influential founding father James Madison Also with the use of the rhetorical triangle she is able to conquer many aspects and support many of her ideas and her position to a variety of audiences The author uses the power of pathos to open her piece and lure her audience She tells a childhood story of her experience as a Brownie and the rigged hatmaking contest that soiled her ideals as a proud wearer of her uniform which represented a commitment to good citizenship and good deeds49 The girl who won was awarded by her mother as Guinier quickly resigned from the organization Although she was powerless to change the actions or values of those involved she was able to make a stance by disassociating herself from them She refused to be a part of something
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