September 3, 2013
"Strange Love Affair" Rhetorical Analysis
A love affair is defined as a romantic or sexual relationship between two people, especially one that is outside of marriage. In the narrative essay "A Strange Love Affair," the author Jan Myrdal tells a story of the strange love affair he had. In 1947 Myrdal fell in love with a woman, unfortunately she refused to give herself to him leading to their fall out and him meeting someone new. Eventually Myrdal ventured his way back to where he meet up with his former love, it is then when she try's to give herself to him but is shot down because of his "feet stank." In 1968 Myrdal shares about a big event from his life so others can learn from his mistakes and structures his narrative in such away just enough information to get the point across.
In the essay Myrdal starts of telling the reader how he meets his first love B, but then talks about how he leaves and gets married to one day go back to B. Accruing in such a short period of time it seems as if the war had a lot to do with the decisions he made. When he gets married it might have been only for the reason he wanted someone to belong to while he was gone. As the story progresses Myrdal goes back to see if the love he had for B was still there. In going back he realizes that he may not feel the same as he did many years before but he goes anyways to see her. It may not have been the right decision being a married man, but he remembers the feelings of love he once shared with this woman...