An evident example of this is when he states, “The teacher proceeded to belittle everyone from German Eva, who hated laziness, to Japan nesses Yakima, who loved paintbrushes and soap. ” This appeals to the reader because many of them had a teacher that they thought hated them. As the story continues Seeders explains that although his teacher hates him, he was still determined to learn. He states, “As being singled out as a lazy spindrift, I took to spending four hours a night on my homework.
This makes the reader realize that his teacher does not intimidate and belittle without a purpose, however using fear to manipulate her students into learning French Furthermore, David Seeders uses humor to display his purpose. Seeders used humor to show how horrible his teacher is by stating, ‘”l hate you,’ she said to me one afternoon. Her English was flawless. ‘ really hate you. ‘ Call me sensitive, but I couldn’t help but take it personally.
This makes the reader feel bad for Seeders, however it was humorous cause no one would expect his teacher to say that she hates him to his face. On the other hand, Seeders uses a more lighthearted humor by explaining his dedication to his homework. In the text it states, “We’d have one of those ‘ complete the sentences ‘ exercises, and I’d fool with the thing for hours, invariably setting something like ‘A quick run around the lake? I’d love to! Just give me a moment while I strap on my wooden leg.
This explains that although Seeders knew that his teacher hated him, he anted to create an identity for himself as a hard worker. This lead to him learning French through the insults from his teacher. David Seeders portrayed his purpose, although the teaching still was not familiar, it was still very effective by using affective rhetorical appeals and tone. By using Pathos and humor, Seeders illustrated that although his teacher was intimidating, it manipulated him to work harder than ever before. Resulting that the teaching method may have been outrageous however affective.