Rhetorical precis writing: Dave Barry's "Ugly Truth abour Beauty"

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Hey guys, I know I haven't been on in what? A month? Been busy:). Anywho, we're working on rhetorical precis writing in my AP lang and comp class and I was hoping to get some pointers concerning this one! thanks!

Submitted: October 23, 2011

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In Dave Barry's essay, "The Ugly Truth About Beauty" (1998), Barry asserts that ". . .. women generally do not think of their looks in the same way that men do." (4) Barry supports this discordance by comparing women's role models (Barbie and Cindy Crawford) with men's role models (Brad Pitt) and also by comparing how much importance and effortmen and womenimpose on themselves in order to makethemselves more "presentable" on a daily basis. In order to help women shrug off society's absurd expectations regarding beauty, he exaggerates what women tend to think of themselves and hence makes women's expectationsseem not only brainless butpointless as well. Barry's central audience, younger men, are directly addresssed ( "If you're a man. .. " and also "You must be careful. . . " ) in a familar and joking way; but by joking also with women, he attempts to persuade them to disregard society's expectations of an unnatural and surreal beauty.


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