Sofia Perez’s personal essay, “The Food Writer Who Lost Her Sense of Smell,” ruminates on the loss of sensory abilities (smell and taste) that are inextricably linked to her identity (professionally speaking, anyway). Perez uses imagery and visual language to create a sensory experience for the reader — an interesting move, considering her essay is about losing sensory abilities.
In a 500-word reflection, please respond to the following questions:
How does Sofia Perez’s accident shape her self-perception? Her outlook on life?
How might you respond to a similar experience, wherein your self-perception and identity are unseated by the loss of certain abilities?
What impact do Perez’s rhetorical choices (visual language, imagery, etc.) have on you as a reader?