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40. A Celebration of Grandfathers by Rudolfo A. Anaya

40. Author's purpose refers to a writer's main reason for writing. Writers of nonficition usually write for one or more of the following purposes: to inform; to express ideas, opinions, and feelings; to analyze; to persuade; or to entertain. When reading Anaya's memoir, determine his purpose by looking for facts about people or places, his comments about these facts, explanations of how a subject works or is defined, statements that try to convince you of something, and passages that you find particularly enjoyable. PLEASE RECORD STATEMENTS FROM THE ESSAY THAT YOU THINK INDICATE ANAYA'S PURPOSE(S) FOR WRITING.


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Anaya has several purposes in this essay; however, in this case, he wants to remember his grandfather and show examples of how his grandfather was an example to him.

"a cultural value to be passed on from generation to generation, this respect for the old ones."

"strong in their beliefs, and as we lived daily with them we learned a wise path if life to follow. "

"they recognized the great design of creation."


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