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Anna KapapulaMrs. SloanCollege Writing- 4th hour23 January 2018Rhetorical Analysis “Working at Wendy’s”  is  about a Joey Franklin who reflects on his life as a Wendy’s employee. Franklin shows high interest in his coworkers which is confusing for the reader in the beginning. He comes of as very entertaining, but is later seen to be sending a message. He shows us the reader that not everything is as it seems. He  shows us that happiness doesn’t have to come from having a high paying job, or even from materialistic things. Franklin very effectively delivers his message by showing us how he is willing to sacrifice his education and other job opportunities to care for his family. He stops going to school just to take care for his son while his wife finished her last semester all while he settling for a salary of $5.75. Franklin successfully shows the reader that contentment doesn’t mean getting paid huge amounts of money, but how to be happy with what you have. Joey Franklin uses a great amount of rhetoric in when he discusses the stories of his coworkers. He uses memoirs his coworkers tell him. He talks about a coworker Chelsea and how she is having her first child and has to take time off. She has a husband who helps at night just like the way Franklin’s wife stayed home at night with their son so he could stay home during the say with him during the day. He relates Chelsea’s situation to his in a way to justify that what he is doing is necessary. He speaks about his relation to her as though he were in her shoes, but he then talks about “…how well adjusted she seems to being a working mom.” (Franklin 29). This almost seemed to be a contradictory moment because it seemed like he wished his wife would work just as he had because  he left school so she could finish her education. Franklin does a great job using argumentative strategies throughout the article. He often refers to how he’s only working at Wendy’s until his wife is done with school so he can go back to school. It is almost as if he is trying to reason with himself. This is shown when he takes a phone call from his dad, “”I got a job at Wendy’s.”,… “I needed a job I could do at night.”” (Franklin 29). Franklin continues to try and and convince himself and others that he is doing what is best for his family and himself. He uses logos to get the audience to feel some sense of sympathy for him having to get money is a way almost lesser than what he should. Joey Franklin lived the life of a man who had put a pause on his college career and was still was able to provide for his family. He put aside his pride and worked at a fastfood restaurant. He  made money the only way he can at the moment even though he knows it’s beneath him. He finds a way to connect to his coworkers and still be a father to his son. Joey Franklin appealed to the reader in the way that you have to do what you have to do even if it is beneath you.  He talks emphasizes how he made a decent wage at the time, had a full fridge of food, and cared for his family. He shows no remorse of his choice and only wanted what was best for his family. I states how he looks after his son in the morning, “…after the dishes are done,…,my son and I will take a walk to the park.” (Franklin 30). He aspired to be the best he could and put forth his best attitude. Works citedFranklin, Joey. “Working at Wendy’s.” pp. 25–30.

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