A tale of two Americas. And the mini-mart where they collided | Assignment 4

The TED talk “A tale of two Americas. And the mini mart where they collided”, is a speech, written and spoken by American writer; Anand Giridharadas, who is of Indian descent, in March of 2015 in Vancouver BC, Canada. Giridharadas’ speech is based on a story of a Bangladeshi’s story of how he wanted to change America's problems after being shot in the head of a white supremacist, but the overall point of Giridharadas’ speech is to show that America needs to change.

In the text excerpt above, we hear about Raisuddin Bhuiyan trust and faith in his God, and we also hear how Giridharadas uses figurative language, by saying; “scalding, birdshot pellets puncture. ”

The effect that figurative language has on the reader or listener, in this case, is that the recipient or audience can imagine the situation in his or hers head because every scene in the story is said with many adjectives and it makes the speech more bearable, and light, instead of hard and heavy.

One thing that repeats in Giridharadas’ speech is contrasts, it is especially seen in the example below, where Giridharadas tells what life was for Mark Stroman, both the good side and the bad side. However, the point of the excerpt is to show how Giridharadas uses contrasts in both a positive and negative way:

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