Nancy Mairs On Being A Cripple Essay

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As a child, you are taught to treat handicapped or crippled people like they are divergent or fragile, but do they really want to be treated like this? Nancy Mairs, born in Long Beach and raised in Boston, is a highly respected poet, essayist, and teacher: in her article, “On Being a Cripple,” she uses word choice and repetition to talk about an issue that affects her life massively, that other Americans might feel uncomfortable talking about. Mairs explains how society treats her based on her condition, she also describes how the word “cripple” should be an accepted term rather than one that is winced (Mairs) upon, but she's also trying to get the point across that she's much more than her disease. In her article, Mairs uses word choice and repetition to describe her feelings on being a cripple and what she wishes people did differently when talking or referring to crippled people. Throughout the article, Mairs uses many different words to describe herself and her life. The audience can tell that many of these words may be negative, for example, when she said “My life often seems a series of small failures to do as I ought.”(Mairs, 8) and “I’ve been a little cracked ever since.”(Mairs, 16) She uses …show more content…
She uses this to approach the audience, and make them think if they confront the word, it would make them more likely to read the article for her, rather than for her disease. Mairs also repeats the phrase, “life wrenched by change and loss, change and loss,”(Mairs 30) to show how change and loss repeats in her life. Mairs also repeats the word “lucky,” for example, when she said “overall I’ve been lucky so far,” and when she said “I am lucky that my predilections were already solitary.” Some people might find this surprising because lucky isn’t a word often used when talking about crippled