Fresh Voices: Composition at Cal Poly

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Red Light Green Light


“Red Light Green Light” author Cassandra Clawson compares her experience with writing to that of a person “maneuvering through traffic.” She uses an extended metaphor of streetlights to help illustrate her progression as a writer. As you read, pay attention to how this metaphor functions. How does she define red lights? Green? Yellow? How does the metaphor add structure and focus to the essay? The author also uses rhetorical questions to help illustrate her points. How does this approach affect her audience? Do the questions serve to engage the reader? In her conclusion, Clawson discusses her future as a writer. How does the introduction of a new idea affect the essay’s overall focus and purpose?