Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Rhetorical Precis--Bob Greene's "Cut"

Here below, posted as comments, are the precis generated by our class.  Enjoy!


  1. In his essay, “Cut,” Bob Greene illuminates that although being cut is a traumatizing experience that stays with a person throughout the years, it fuels future needs to be an overachiever (58-60). Greene blatantly suggests this statistic by comparing his experiences with “a lot of different men” who suffered the same situation, and by sharing their positive outcomes from being inadequate (58). He compares and contrasts their past and present selves, in order to shed some light on the positive outcomes on rejection, if directed in a productive way. Greene addresses men who’ve shared his defeat and ostracism, and uses a relatable and nostalgic approach to subtlety imply that through this dilemma a motive can emerge to be successful and confident.

  2. In "Cut," Bob Greene proposes that being told one is not good enough at a young age evokes a drive to become successful in life.
    Greene solidifies his proposition by using numerous examples of men who have been cut form a team and implying that exclusion from participation in these sports have led them to become "success junkies."
    He acknowledges these men's experiences in order to point out that success can stem from failure.
    Green addresses men, in particular readers of Esquire, who can relate to the stories by illustrating how dejection works as fuel to ignite the fire of success.

  3. In “Cut,” Rob Greene claims “ … You were supposed to figure out that you weren’t good enough and quit. “ (31)

    Greene points out that Maurice McGrath’s 8th grade coach states, “You’re no good. “ It persuaded McGrath to work harder and not give up.(17)

    He explains different stories about these guys and their experiences and even though they didn’t get it right the first time, they still had another chance. They tried other things besides baseball and later became successful.

    Greene mainly addresses to men that have been through the same experience he has. He explains that just because you’re not good at a specialty, you can try to excel in other things.

  4. In “Cut,” Bob Greene promises to himself and exposes “…never to allow someone to tell me that I’m not good enough again…and apparently it’s there in a lot of men, too.” (58). Greene supports his thesis by comparing examples of successful me who have also been “cut from the team,” and demonstrating how “being cut” has benefited them in the long run (57). He explores the similarities of the circumstances of the five men (including himself) in order to affirm his solid belief that “the memory of being cut from a sport team as a boy” will later drive you to transform into a “superachiever” later in life (58). Greene blatantly acknowledges his audience of successful males by comparing vivid experiences and similar nostalgic moments of the men who “share the same memory of being cut” and relates his thoughts and the tone of this essay through the cause and effect of such actions, which were relayed through a self-satisfied and accomplished tone derived from his future successes.

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  6. I think we've all had a relatively accurate insight on the essay. It's just a little funny how we all used the different power verbs to reach our similar conclusions. (i.e., illuminates, evokes, points out, exposes, proposes, solidifies, etc...) It's quite cute of us, actually. AP UNITE!!!


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