The Portfolio/Blog of Alexander Sharp
This undergrad paper examined Jonathan Swift’s “An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity” and argues that Swift is being both disingenuous and hypocritical.
This rhetorical analysis of Stephen Jay Gould’s “The Creation Myths of Cooperstown” argues that Gould functions as a counter example to Hayden White’s idea that history functions as narrative.
This is a paper I wrote as an undergrad about Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (affiliate link). Looking back, it's a thoroughly ridiculous paper. Although accepted in the academic genre, it's impossible to follow unless you're familiar with the book. It's...
Almost no one gets political rhetoric right. Candidates spend millions on polling, focus testing, A/B testing, and engaging in every other conceivable way to narrow rhetoric into quantifiable pieces, and yet very rarely does a politician have the ability to...
Matthew McConaughey gave a speech at the White House about the mass shooting in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas. While I’m not particularly passionate about the legal status of guns, I think his speech was a master class in political rhetoric.
For now, Democrats control the Presidency and both chambers of congress. Many progressives hoped to quickly pass ambitious legislation in 2021, but that didn't happen. It probably won’t happen in 2022, either. There’s one thing standing in the way of passing...
There’s a growing number of progressives who have embraced the “socialist” label. I explain why this is a rhetorical mistake, regardless of the validity of their policy positions.
I wrote this gothic short story for an English Lit class at Wittenberg. We were studying the works of Edgar Allen Poe and the assignment was to write a gothic short story. My professor, Dr. Davis, thought the main character needed more of a backstory but I thought it...
This was a piece I wrote for an English Lit class at Wittenberg. We were studying the works of Edgar Allen Poe and the assignment was to write a gothic short story. My professor, Dr. Davis, thought the main character needed more of a backstory but I thought it worked better without one. I think, throughout the course of the story, we learn enough about him.