A Rhetorical Analysis of “On Being a Cripple” by Mairs

Perform a rhetorical analysis of the reading “On Being a Cripple” by Nancy Mairs.

Identify the author’s central message or theme in their text, analyze how they produce their argument, why they make the rhetorical choices they do, and ultimately, whether or not they were successful in persuading their readers. What is the author’s purpose in writing this piece? How does the author portray themselves as a speaker in the text? What specific rhetorical devices (ethos, pathos, logos) and strategies do the author use, and why might they have chosen them? What literary devices do they use, and to what effect? How successful is the writer in connecting with and persuading the audience?