The controlling idea behind my analysis of the running of the bulls image revolves around the significant contribution this object has for Manuel’s Tavern. Removing this piece from the tavern would mean to take away some of the significant values and characteristics Manuel’s Tavern is widely recognized for. Values of courage, honor, and risk-taking vibrate from the image, while at the same time, its slanted orientation on the wall, although subtle, fits into the social atmosphere Manuel’s Tavern requires.
My direction for writing the analysis was influenced from having taken Professor Bosch’s class – English 101: Image, Ambiguity, and Argument – last semester. At first, I focused on specific figures, small details, and observed closely with intent. Once I grew confident in my understanding of what could be seen on the surface of the image, I began to think on the bigger scale and what this object represents in the world outside the frame. In this case, Manuel’s Tavern. Only until I felt I gathered as much information as I could from observation, inferring, and hypothesizing, I researched more about the history of bull running in Spain and the political reputation of Manuel’s Tavern. Upon gathering all this information, the ultimate question comes to the table to challenge the object. What is at stake? Why is this image on the wall of Manuel’s Tavern? What makes this picture of bull running different than other pictures of bull running. Most important of all, what would it mean for Manuel’s Tavern if this image were to be removed?
Working on this assignment, I believe I gained a greater understanding of rhetorical composition and writing as a process. This was my first time writing a more formal and lengthy analysis for a webpage. I looked to previous encounters with webpage articles for guidance on how to gain attention and authority of the audience over a webpage.
As mentioned earlier, I used the knowledge I gained from ENG 101 as a foundation in analyzing my image. In addition to the several steps I took in analyzing the information, I had to revise and edit my argument so that it was tailored to and audience over the internet. This was a challenge I have not undertaken. Publishing on a medium where attention spans can be very small, I spent a considerable amount of time cutting down verbose language while maintaining an effective and content rich argument. Alongside editing, reflective writing on my draft was completed as a way to self-critique and self-improve. Re-visiting my work with days rest in between sessions allowed me to look at my argument from different perspectives.
Throughout this process, I have learned that writing over the internet can be significantly easier compared to writing on the everyday, standard, word-processing document. This however can be two sides of a coin. The ease of writing helps to promote brainstorming and overcome writer’s block, yet, irrelevant or unorganized content often comes alongside this. In future pieces of writing, I will focus on improving my organization of ideas before beginning to brainstorm fruitlessly.
The draft version of Running From the Bulls article can be found here and the revised version of Running From the Bulls article can be found here.