The ability to divide our attention during cognitively demanding tasks and the allure of technology creates a delicate balancing act that can at times have grave consequences. On September 22, 2006 in Utah, Reggie Shaw placed the fates of James Furfaro and Keith O’Dell, as well as his own upon this deadly scale. Tragically, the lives of James and Keith were lost, and Reggie Shaw’s future would be forever altered by the events and decisions of that day (Richtel 16). In this modern age of technological marvels our attention is vied for in a constant conflict. Frequently in our lives or particularly in our jobs we are called upon to execute mentally demanding and at times dangerous tasks.
Family, friends, and possessions pressure individuals through the imposition of values that contribute to identity; we are told that we obtain our qualities simply by inheritance and association. The environment one chooses to surround themselves reflects similar learned behaviors and thought processes. Deviating from the norm is often contemptible, but natural, according to author Jon Krakauer. Realizing that he did not want to become a carbon copy of his parents and environment, Christopher McCandless wandered the American West for two years, as a nomad, to reject society as he knows it―his family, friends, and possessions. He burns his money, abandons his car, and cuts all ties with his family on an identity crisis that would lead to his death in the inhospitable Alaskan tundra.
The passage in question is taken from Jon Krakauer’s personal account of his endeavour to summit Everest in 1996, and it is a description of Jon Krakauer’s experiences while at approximately 21,000 feet on the mountain itself. The book is called Into Thin Air, and was published a mere year after the tragedy that struck the team headed by Rob Hall, the founder of a mountaineering agency: Adventure Consultants. In this specific extract, Krakauer uses vivid imagery and similes in his description of the surroundings to show the obvious peril that climbing the most formidable peak on the planet entails. Additionally, he deploys diction that conveys his initial shock when he sees the corpses, as opposed to the other climbers, who seemed to be fairly
Would people, as parents, wait 9 months for a child just to eat them, a year later? Johnathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal uses satire text to give a better understanding of the underlying causes of poverty in Ireland, in 1729. At the time, he gives a solution and expresses that to help poverty, we should fatten up the newborns and when they turn the age of one sell them to the landlords for a nice meal. In Swift’s pamphlet, the author effectively uses ethos, logos, and satire to convince the audience of what he is proposing, which is how to end poverty by eating the young children.
The impact that First Lady Obama left on the world is that she and many others can be powerful and make a movement for the future of the women. However, it was initially a struggle for her as an African American First Lady. There is actually a campaign that she is running called “Let’s Move” which serves as a rhetorical attempt to overcome those problems. The “Let’s Move” campaign exemplify the strategic use of the rhetorical persona to form the image of the archetypal mother and use of identification to create a constitutive audience of American families.
In April 1999, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel addresses the President, First Lady, several members of the government, and the American public with a speech titled “The Perils of Indifference.” He provides examples of indifference during World War II. Similarly, he reasons why indifference in the future has the potential to cause disaster. As the country turns its back on people, a multitude of victims suffer. Wiesel feels the responsibility to spread awareness as he personally felt the effects of indifference.
Rhetorical Analysis Essay: A Modest Proposal Dr. Jonathan Swift places himself as a villain who is willing to do evil deeds to answer hard questions. What pushes Swift to write the essay “A Modest Proposal” is Ireland's economic and social problems. In this satirical essay Swift highlights the problems in Ireland and gives a sarcastic solution to make people feel guilt. Swift’s use of dehumanizing language is used to make the reader oppose Swift’s modest proposal.
Proud To Be (Mascots),” produced by the National Congress of American Indians, convinces the audience of the importance and necessity of changing the mascot of the Washington Redskins to something not offensive or racist towards Native Americans or any other group. Throughout the video, rhetoric provides levels of techniques in language and imagery in order to persuade the audience. The intended audience, mainstream American football fans, and their relationship with the speaker establish what group of people the ad needs to convince for the mascot to change. The video’s use of ethos, pathos, and logos through one word descriptions and images serve as the most effective visual rhetoric to the argument. Music, diction, imagery, suspense, and
The Candie's Foundation is a non-profit organization that strives to prevent teen pregnancy. The Carly Rae Jepsen advertisement focuses on how teen pregnancy can change the life plans of teenage girls. The advertisement uses rhetorical appeals in order to convey The Candie’s Foundation message. The advertisement uses logos, ethos, and pathos as support for the main argument.
Wiesel's use of his young self is in fact there to provoke emotion out of the audience and build his credibility. Yet, it is also there to represent the suffering children of today. The young boy is mentioned because it creates a sense of innocence. When Wiesel was young, he saw those American soldiers as his heroes, men who understood his anger and pain and showed compassion for him. Young Wiesel didn't know any better that those American soldiers had the opportunity to help him earlier but did not.
The Many Powers Of Rhetoric In this section of “The UNF Guide To Writing” different authors discuss the robust powers of rhetorical writing. Nathan Thornburgh discussed “overheated rhetoric” in his writing Violent Rhetoric and Arizona Politics (52). He discussed the shooting that took place in Arizona over a political issue of immigration in which Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was killed. Thornburgh said that the over-exaggeration n that was places on the “issues” that were going on in Arizona is the reason people got angry enough and why it drove Jared Loughner, the shooter, to act out in a violent way (53).