Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future

This is your first optional, extra-credit writing assignment.

Read the article (link below), and identify and expand on one rhetorical tool she uses in crafting the article/argument. Look to your book for a list of argumentative tools if you’ve forgotten them.

300-400 words; due midnight on Sunday.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/25/dystopian-dreams-how-feminist-science-fiction-predicted-the-future

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7 thoughts on “Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future

  1. In my opinion the author, Naomi Alderman, uses ethos the best in crafting her article. She makes herself come across as very knowledgeable on the topic of feminist science fiction and this, in turn, makes you trust her argument and gives her a sense of credibility on the topic. She starts her article debating where the story of feminist science fiction began and she gave several possible starting points for that, elaborating on one in particular (the one with the 50 year old man who was a member of the Yahi group). She then went on to discuss the association between some writers of feminist science fiction and the wilderness where she described Atwood spending a lot of her time in the woods of Quebec. It is at this point in the article where Alderman brings in pathos by describing that what interests her about the links of feminist science fiction to the wilderness is the sense that people are being exposed to the idea that there are other ways of living and that those ways are equally valid, worthy of respect, troubling and beautiful. That was probably the part in the article that really got my attention and effected my emotions in any way and that was very strange because when I first started reading this article, I did not expect it to have an effect like that.

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  2. Naomi Alderman uses many argumentative and rhetorical tools in her article, “Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future”, to get her readers to agree with her point of becoming a society that is accepting of everyone and fails to leave anyone out. This is a way society is offered through the use of feminist science fiction. One of the more used tools of rhetoric speaking she uses throughout the article has to be the tool of having appropriate background information. She uses many examples of other writers and their stories about different ways society could view others through the use of the feminist science fiction writing style. She uses examples from a good deal of points in history going all the way back to Margaret Cavendish’s book The Blazing World that was writen in 1666 and describes an empress that rules over an utopian kingdom. She then goes on with using the argumentative tool of a response to what others have said or done. She does this by describing the story of Yahi, the last known surviving 100% wild Native American and how he was questioned by Alfred Kroeber and his wife about his life and culter. She made this story relate to the feminist science fiction by stating how their daughter wrote a story based off of this man. It was about a man that travels to an unknown planet with no fixed gender. This sotry shows how what some people might see as normal is someone elses wilderness. These two examples shown in the article plus many more explain the argumentative tools of using appropriate background information and responses to what others have said or done to get her point that she is trying to make across to the members of her intended audience.

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  3. In, “Dystopian Dreams: How Feminist Science Fiction Predicted the Future”, Naomi Alderman uses many argumentative and rhetorical tools to get her point across. She starts by explaining how the authors of feminist science fiction use their works to analyze problems in society and then either solve them or change them. In this article, Naomi talks about how she wants a society “that tries hard not to leave people out. And to be vigilantly alert to the people we are leaving out, whoever they are. To listen. To try to make it right as often as we can. To imagine how it could be different.” She uses many argumentative tools to elaborate on this and get the reader to agree with her point of view. The most popular tool she uses in this article is the use of appropriate background information. She incorporates many examples from different books to help the reader understand what she is trying to say. She uses examples from many feminist science fiction novels such as “The Handmaid’s Tale”, “The Left Hand of Darkness”, and “The Female Man. Another tool she uses is an authoritative tone. By using many examples from different novels she makes herself seem very knowledgeable about the topic, which gives her authority over her audience that might not know as much. As the audience reads her work they can tell that she is very intelligent and that her opinions should be viewed highly. She also uses the tool of appealing to the readers’ values. Most people believe that everyone should be treated fairly. The whole point of her article is to make people aware and other people and to not leave anyone out. This is a topic very appealing to most people because it touches on a core value. Naomi uses other argumentative and rhetorical tools to get her point across further. These tools help in the success of her article and make it very appealing to the reader. She is able to clearly show her position which helps persuade her audience to agree with what she is saying.

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  4. In this article the author, Naomi Alderman, uses a lot of rhetorical tools. One of the main rhetorical tools she uses is ethos. Noami uses a lot of ethos in her article. For example, “yes, corporations continue to grow in power as if they were living things, merging and combining abilities. And at the same time it also doesn’t feel astonishing to read a scene of two men flirting and dancing together as it might have done in 1976. Utopias and dystopias can exist side by side, even in the same moment. Which one you’re in depends entirely on your point of view.” Ethos is a rhetorical device that includes any content in an argument that is meant to appeal to ethics.The article itself talks about the ethical treatment of how they are and how they are being treated. Yes, it does have a fantasy twist on it but that just raises the point that this issue is and has been raised for a long time. Luckily, it is not the end of the world yet and everyday women are fighting for more and more power. Sometimes, makes me wonder what the woman really wants and why do we care as a society and not just care or ourselves? Either way the author does raise a good point all the while demonstrating through fantasy writings.

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  5. While reading this article, i noticed that Naomi Alderman used many different tools to describe feminist science and goes into deep detail. The tool that stuck out to me the most that she used was concession which is acknowledgement to personal flaws of a certain proposal. She also uses a lot of background information like gathering different quotes to gather evidence for her article on feminist science fiction. They say that it’s a pointed lesson when contrasted with Connie’s visions of a dystopian future, where women are “cosmetically fixed for sex use”, and people boast about which multinational corporation owns them. Something else that stuck out to me as reader, that helped me understand the article a lot better is the detailing that she used. Alderman goes into great depth about each book and explains WHY she believes that “feminist science has predicted the future.” At first when I read the title I was not interested at all, and did not even know what the title meant or was referring to. But after I read it, it make more sense, especially with the tools that she used. Naomi also used analogies all throughout her article. An analogy is basically referring to a similar situation to make the original one more clear. Overall, I enjoyed reading this article, I was a little skeptical at first because of the title, but enjoyed it.

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  6. In Naomi Alderman’s article “Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future” I enjoy all of her different and unique rhetorical tools she uses. The one that stood out to me was her use of ethos or her appeal to ethics. As I read the article, I had no choice but to trust her. I could instantly sense her knowledge about the topic and she didn’t fail to backup her information. For example when she sources out a story “on 29 August 1911, a 50-year-old man, a member of the Yahi group of the Native American Yana people, walked out of the forest near Oroville, California, and was captured by the local sheriff. He was known at the time and popularised in the press as “the last wild Indian”. But she doesn’t stop by just using ethos, there’s examples of her using pathos as well. An example of her pathos use is when she wrote “The most sexist of all the realities she explores is also the one that is most economically depressed. It’s Jeannine, the woman from the world where the Depression never ended, who is so ground down that she barely believes she can exist without finding a man to marry her”. Because she uses so many different types of rhetoric appeal, not only des she get her point across but she also produces an article I enjoyed reading.

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  7. In this article the author, Naomi Alderman, uses multiple rhetorical tools. One of the main rhetorical tools she uses that stood out to me was ethos. For example, “yes, corporations continue to grow in power as if they were living things, merging and combining abilities. And at the same time it also doesn’t feel astonishing to read a scene of two men flirting and dancing together as it might have done in 1976. Utopias and dystopias can exist side by side, even in the same moment. Which one you’re in depends entirely on your point of view.” The article itself talks about how they are being treated. Yes, it does have a fantasy twist on it but that just proves the point that this issue is and has been occuring for a long time. Luckily, it is not the end of the world yet and everyday women are fighting for more and more power. These tools help in the success of her article and make it very appealing to the reader. She is able to clearly show her position which helps persuade her audience to agree with what she is saying.

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