Sara Hayden’s piece, “Revitalizing the Debate between and : The 2004 March for Women’s Lives,” and Issac West’s “Performing Resistance in/from the Kitchen: The Practice of Maternal Pacifist Politics and La WISP’s Cookbooks,” will be the subjects of the meta-analysis. Both articles display a use of the ideographic perspective throughout the analysis of artifacts by each author. West’s piece also displays a use of the narrative method through the use of personal experience within the artifact chosen. Each piece holds their own strengths through analysis, however there are limitations with each essay that are displayed through a deeper understanding and interpretation.
Sara Hayden’s main argument throughout her essay is to explain the progress of images, and how their visual or verbal tactics used by both sides of the pro- and pro- campaigns, make the image meaning concrete. In that, Hayden (2009) uses examples of images that both the pro- and pro- campaigns used to help support their arguments. A good example used in her essay was the connection that society has with the image of a baby and . When the pro- campaign used that connection in their arguments toward banning abortion, they were attempting to have society understand that a baby or fetus is an actual person so the act of abortion would be considered murder (Hayden, 2009, p. 113). During The March for Women’s Lives the pro- campaigners used a lot of images that connected with the ideas of specifically in women’s lives. They chose images and words that represented choice, such as family values or the statue of liberty. Through Hayden’s analysis she explains that The March for Women’s Lives, her artifact, promotes the idea of with the use of these images.
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... cookbooks. Overall, West’s essay holds strong ties with the narrative and ideographic methods.
Ultimately, both essays applied formal rhetorical criticism methods in their analysis of the artifacts and texts explained. Both essays hold a strong tie to the method surrounding ideographs. It was interesting the see the differences play out in how ideographs were used for each subject. Hayden’s piece explained how ideographs and their associations could be changed, whereas West’s piece expounded on the implications of ideographs. West’s piece had a good analysis on the women of La WISP and how their political ideals could be conveyed through something as non-political as a cookbook. Although these two pieces hold many differences, they both touched on women and political topics. This was effective in comparing and contrasting the two very different authors and essays.
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