Analytical Essay | Burqas, Bikinis and Blow Jobs

Indledning
Among distinctive characteristics of the late modern era Is the globalization, which has made us embrace the widespread multiculturality and seek to overcome the cultural values that might distance us apart from one another.

Throughout the years, it has become a more commonly seen phenomenon that people move from their home country for a life abroad. However, the transition is not easy for everyone.

Along with moving to a new country comes moving to a new culture. In Nadia P. Manzoor's article "Burqas, Bikinis and Blow Jobs" from 2014, she depicts the life of a woman living in the west while being from a family strongly influenced by the Pakistani culture.

Uddrag
Another tool used by Manzoor is humor, which in the article shows as sarcasm. By using sarcasm, she also provides a more friendly language style in her article, and thereby establish a more personal relation to the audience. "After all, marriage is the reason why Pakistani women exist" .

She uses sarcasm to satirically illuminate Islamic culture's patriarchal ideal of a woman. This specific persuasive technique is used with the intention to implicitly criticize the Islamic pattern of sex roles.

A third persuasive technique used by the Manzoor is pathos. This shows in her subjective way of presenting her story, affecting the audience to relate to the feelings Manzoor describes, causing them to sympathize with her. "I lied because I could not trust -- my home, my environment, but mostly, myself.

It was exhausting and lonely, and I spent so much time pretending to be free and pretending to conserve my family's honor. I had no honor or freedom left for myself" .

Nadia Manzoor's establishing of pathos makes the story more emotional and exciting to read, as you feel like she tells her own story directly to the audience.

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