Get off the Couch and Move! A Rhetorical Analysis of American Idle Public Deposited

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  • Mary Collins composed the award-winning book American Idle in 2009 after her recovery from an awful bicycle accident. This bicycle accident inspired Mary Collins to take a trip of discovery. Mary Collins visited historical locations to see changes in peoples’ physical activity over time. Collins interviewed individuals whose professions varied from archaeology, brain surgery, fitness, non-profits, etc. These professionals provided additional experiences to the large narrative of sedentary living in the United States. Bitzer’s Rhetorical Situation, Fisher’s Narrative Paradigm and The Social Ecological Model acted as lenses to observe Mary Collins’ personal research, narratives and interviews. These perspectives drew attention to some reasons why Americans often embrace a sedentary lifestyle. This paper supported how American Idle is a piece of rhetoric that incited a response from the audience. The narratives in American Idle satisfied Fisher’s Narrative Paradigms’ aspects of narrative fidelity and coherence.
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