This chapter deals mainly with how to grab a reader’s attention and the importance of action before setting in doing so. When starting to read Rebecca Skloot’s “Fixing Nemo”, we are put into a scene that is told from the viewpoints of the surgeons working on a patient. We are exposed to a few different emotions at first which we are able to relate and attach to as humans ourselves. When we continue to read the essay includes many instances of academic information that is unexpected. Suddenly, we’re thrust back into a scene with dialogue that again we are able to relate to. Many times when academia comes into play, essays can seem bland and sterile. It is hard to have any emotional relation to an academic idea and it is the provocation of emotion that helps grab a reader’s emotion. This essay is extremely informative and presents information that most would not seek out in a way that is interesting and casual as to not scare off potential readers. While this story is extremely academic and contains a hefty amount of factual scientific information it reads as a personal story.
Skloot’s use of imagery and detail in this essay really drives the interest in this piece. She writes, “Marsha is a warm and motherly special-education teacher in her 50’s who looks you in the eye and sounds as if she’s talking to a room of second graders” (pg. 210) and with this vivid description of Marsha we are able to visualize not only what she looks like but how her personality might unfold.
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