My Writing Portfolio

A Narrative Analysis of the Influence of Don Quijote de la Mancha in Contemporary Animated Films – Spring 2017

Since the creation of films, Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes has been captured again numerous times—in some cases there have been clear adaptations and in other cases there have been more discreet connections. For this reason, I wrote an 15-page essay in Spanish, analyzing how the theme of reality versus fantasy and Don Quijote and Sancho Panza’s relationship are represented in modern films by comparing the classic novel to Shrek (2001) and Toy Story (1995) by using the narrative rhetorical methodology.

“El Silencio”: The Representation of LGBTQ+ Latinos in Films – Fall 2016

Since I was young, I have been very interested in learning about Latino culture. What I realized is that I did not know much about LGBTQ+ issues in relation to Latinos; however, upon researching this group, I learned that others have contributed to research about LGBTQ+ Latinos. I decided to research this group because I wanted to learn more as well as share information so that others can learn too. As I started to research this LGBTQ+ Latinos, a lot of questions came to mind. Reflecting on so many questions inspired me to discover an answer, pushed me to delve into an unfamiliar theory, and motivated me to share my research digitally by creating a website.

Women in the Spanish Civil War – Spring 2016

For centuries in Spanish civilization, men and women have been perceived in a different way in terms of sex and gender. Although differences in gender norms have evolved with the change of social and political times, in certain aspects of Spanish society and in particular institutions women were and are still being treated. A great example of the women’s influence in Spanish society are their roles in the Spanish Civil War, which took place between 1936 and 1939. Women played a variety of roles during the Spanish Civil War, but traditional gender roles typically influenced what opportunities were available to women. Written in Spanish, this essay explores the stories of two Spanish women named Pérez Collado and Lina Odena as well as their roles in the Spanish Civil War.

The Rhetoric of Beyoncé – Spring 2016

From her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2014 to the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show performance this year, Beyoncé has stimulated strong reactions in regards to the messages about social and political issues presented in 2016. Through her music, Beyoncé has developed an intriguing and powerful rhetorical artifact; whether this is an unintentional or purposeful act is up to her audience to decide. The goal of this project is to determine how Beyoncé’s music videos not only serve as a rhetorical artifact and how the message of the music is more than just a persuasive one, but how Beyoncé’s rhetoric influences feminist rhetorical theory. By using Kenneth Burke’s Dramatistic Pentad and feminist rhetorical theory, this project explores the rhetoric of Beyoncé’s music as well as how an artifact, such as music, can be informative not just persuasive.

The Role and Effects of Trigger Warnings in College Classrooms – Fall 2015

In September 2015, Kate Manne, a philosophy professor at Cornell University, published an article titled “Why I Use Trigger Warnings” in the New York Times, calling attention to the significance and positive effects of trigger warnings. She argues that trigger warnings serve as a helpful academically challenging device for students. Manne demonstrates the significance of trigger warnings through the use of analogies and explanations of the trauma caused by trigger reactions. This paper will analyze how Manne’s use of two of Aristotle’s means of persuasion—ethos and pathos—and a logical fallacy impact her claim that trigger warnings in college classrooms are valuable in order to discover how it impacts students.

Stigmas Shape Perspective: A Rhetorical Analysis of the #NOMORE Celebrity PSA Campaign – Fall 2015

In 2013, the NOMORE campaign and the Joyful Heart Foundation partnered together with actress Mariska Hargitay to construct a project that promotes an end to the “silence and inaction” attitude that Americans have towards sexual assault. This project is known as the #NOMORE Celebrity PSA campaign, which launched in September 2013. The Celebrity PSA campaign consists of three different methods: print ads, video ads, and banner ads. By featuring seventy-five celebrities, who hold different occupations, as well as using three varying mediums, this campaign presents an interesting approach to addressing the common indifference and negative attitude towards sexual assault in America. Through the lens of arrangement, language, and use of celebrities, this essay analyzes four specific print ads to demonstrate how the campaign reveals their message and combats the issue through the NOMORE Campaign.

Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital Promotional Video – Spring 2015

During a Digital Rhetorics course offered, two classmates and I created a promotional video for Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in order to highlight their recreational facility and activities.

Creating Change for Trans Women of Color – Spring 2015

From recounting her own personal narratives to sharing the narratives of other trans women of color, Laverne Cox formulates a call-to-action message within her speech, encouraging her audience—which expands past the physical one at the conference—to establish equality for and to promote the better treatment of trans women of color. With the use of the narrative rhetorical methodology, this essay plans to determine if the narratives within Cox’s speech have their intended influence on her audience, which is to rally the audience together to make trans women of color’s lives equal and better.

Words, Hashtags, Campaigns—Oh My! (A Cluster Analysis of Emma Watson’s “HeForShe” Speech) – Spring 2015

On September 20, 2014, Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Women, Emma Watson, presented a speech about gender equality at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Emma Watson called men and boys to action in her speech at the U.N., claiming that it is extremely important that they are willing to create positive change and establish gender equality. Throughout her speech, Watson recalls her own experiences related to gender equality or inequality, which inspired her to join the “HeForShe” campaign. By analyzing Emma Watson’s “HeForShe” speech with cluster criticism, this essay will investigate how an inviting environment formed by rhetors can call the members of his/her audience to action despite the debatability and sensitivity of the cause.

The Hidden Figures of the Civil Rights Movement – Spring 2014

Countless African American women acted during the movement, many were not recognized then—and still are not known—because a large number of these women acted behind the scenes in crucial ways. Although large numbers of African American women contributed to the Civil Rights Movement, many have been overlooked throughout the years, which is not necessarily of their own accord; it is because of sexism, discrimination based on an individual’s sex, which include restricted job opportunities as well as physical and sexual abuse. For this reason, I researched the Civil Rights Movement to learn about the incredible African American women who played crucial roles during this time period.