“Since stepping reluctantly into public life, I’ve been held up as the most powerful woman in the world and taken down as an ‘angry black woman.’” (p.1 l.28-29). One of the challenges that came with being the first lady was being held down. “I’ve been hurt. I’ve been furious.
But mostly, I’ve tried to laugh this stuff off.” (p.2 l.34). Besides the hate she received, Michelle Obama managed to keep a positive mindset and withstand her principles.
The essence of her principles is that the end of something will always lead to something new. When Michelle Obama describes her experiences being the first lady, she uses anecdotes to seem more approachable, as well as repetitions and antithesis.
As mentioned earlier, Michelle Obama primarily uses ethos to seem reliable as well as relatable. However, she also applies pathos. “I’ve been to fundraisers in private homes that look more like art museums, houses where people own bathtubs made from gemstones. I’ve visited families who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina (..)” (p.1 l.21-222).
The highlighted quote creates an image in the minds of the audience, by setting herself as an example of her points of view and achievements.
This, as well as a colloquial and informal language, creates a sender–receiver relationship. Michelle Obama explains how her life was in her new house after the reelection. She mentions, that she had to make food for herself in her kitchen etc.
Although that was quite different than the white house, she relished the moment and realized that the silence allowed her to reflect. By addressing this, it creates a down to earth atmosphere and allows the reader to connect to her on a personal level as well as using an anecdote to amuse the readers.