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Bador AlmehmadiProf Kuo RETH 106120413Final DraftRhetorical Analysis of The Diving Bell and the ButterflyIn December 1995 43-year-old Jean-Dominique Bauby suffered anoverwhelming stroke that paralyzed him completely only being able tocommunicate by moving his left eye Total paralysis left him in a statereferred to as locked in syndrome Once an outstanding editor forFrench Elle Bauby finds himself imprisoned in his own bodyNevertheless being in this dire situation did not prevent him fromcomposing an eloquent memoir The Diving Bell and The Butterfly Hisvoice is by turns sardonic and angry and mischievous and wistful Hegives his audience a glimpse of the unshackling power of consciousnessHe describes what it is like spending time with his children thinkingabout being beside his wife and conjuring up the aroma of delectablefood even though he fed through tubes Ultimately the strategies heuses while writing this memoir allow the audience to acknowledgeindomitable spirit and share in the pleasure of its survival Inspiring and monumental are words that can describe the book Throughimagery Bauby goes way into the mind of the reader to create a mentalpicture of his predicament Upon reading this book one envisions thesituation of the author as he tries to mentor his two children while hewas unable to move his body let alone speak Such a state leaves himcompletely dependent on others as he thinks over the fact that there isno hope for recovery Bauby 44 A devastating stroke leaves himhelpless with only the ability to move his left eye Undoubtedly the title of the book is one strategy that Bauby uses torecreate the experience of Locked in Syndrome for the reader The DivingBell and the Butterfly title is more than intriguing and original A lotof thought was put into this title Bauby took the book into account andused narration and imagery to help readers grasp the implication of thetitle In essence a diving bell is a precursor in a scuba It is madeup of an airtight suit air hose to
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