Nancy Mairs - Crippled and Strong
Throughout this passage Nancy Mairs uses the word cripple to describe who she is and the beliefs of her condition. She does this by describing her condition in a few different ways; the opinion of others and the opinion of herself. As anyone should she decides what her title as a person should be and she doesn’t listen or care for anyone’s opinion outside of her own. Her tone is very straightforward throughout the passage. Mairs describes her condition and how it relates to the actions and response of other people in any situation.
Mairs uses the term cripple loosely making sure it is not offensive to anyone. By starting her passage with, “I am a cripple,” Mairs doesn’t hide anything. She begins by coming straight out into the open with who she is and how she wants the world to view her. In the first paragraph Mairs uses the word choose three times to establish her personal decision to be titled a cripple. It is Nancy Mairs choice that she is comfortable with. She states that, “perhaps I want them to wince,” when she is talking about people’s reaction to the word cripple. Mairs puts her image and her dignity on the line but smartly repeats that she doesn’t discredit anyone from having their own opinion. She does this rather than telling or expecting her audience to convert; she knows everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
Nancy Mairs is completely straightforward with her condition throughout the entire passage. “As a cripple, I swagger,” she says expressing one of her weaknesses that she has no worries about because of how comfortable she is with herself....