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Autobiography-Pictures of You

1. Author, Guang-Shing Cheng, was reminiscing about her past and longing her dead
brother. She was looking through an album of photos of him. He passed in a terrible
accident when he was nine and she was five.
2. A connection I can make between the text and other texts
3. The author’s purpose is describe the emotional distress that came along with losing her
brother and how his death affected her life.
a. Specific words that drew me to this conclusion are “I’m sure he noticed my hot, puffy
eyes ...”(Cheng).
4. The audience is those affected by losing someone in their lives.
a. Cheng explains her experience with losing her older brother.
5. There are no relevant details to argue anything
6. The most prevalent in the writing is Pathos.
a. “I’m sure he noticed my hot, puffy eyes …” (Cheng).
b. “We moved after you left. Mom couldn’t bear to live on the street where the accident
occured” (Cheng).
c. “Once I understood that you weren’t coming back, I couldn’t tell people …” (Cheng).
d. The author exercises her credibility by willingy recounting her traumatic past to an
audience.
7. The possible theme for this text would be suffering and grievance
a. “I’m sure he noticed my hot, puffy eyes …” (Cheng).
b. “We moved after you left. Mom couldn’t bear to live on the street where the accident
occured” (Cheng).
c. “Once I understood that you weren’t coming back, I couldn’t tell people …” (Cheng).
8. This text helps me understand the topic addressing by making me sympathize for ones
who have lost someone special in their lives.
9. One element I would change would be the diction and make it not-so loaded with
emotion.
a. The text would be extremely different if it wasn’t packed with emotion.
10.
a. I think that the theme is would be grievance. The author uses multiple accounts with
loaded language. Cheng says, “I’m sure he noticed my hot, puffy eyes...”(Cheng). Cheng
is telling when her father caught her grieving over her dead brother. This would be an
example of grieving over a lost one.