America's Stacked Deck Analysis

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In NichThe Beliefs of Nicholas Kristof Nicholas Kristof, a successful writer for the New York Times, centers his writing on global affairs, social aspects, and family issues. Kristof is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and has lived in over 150 continents. Almost all of his ideas are centered on global affairs because Kristof wants the reader to be aware of tragic events occurring around the world. Couples in Myanmar are being split up by human trafficking and are living in concentration camps. Women in Pakistan are being shot by their fathers because they fell in love. Citizens of America are struggling under the force of unequal wealth distribution and representation. Kristof takes these issues and makes them the prominent topics …show more content…

His article, “America’s Stacked Deck” is mostly comprised of simplistic language and examples. In this article, Kristof discusses that the political system is rigged. He provides an example that the 20 wealthiest Americans can fit comfortably into a luxury, private jet bound for the Caribbean. He does not include complex language in this example because he wants his reader to understand the extent of the situation without becoming confused. He includes adjectives, such as “dumb” and “smart” because it is the simplest form of those terms. Kristof discusses the situation in its simplest form, so there is no room for misinterpretation. In Kristof’s January 16th article, he discusses how the government is passing laws on gun control and regulation, but he ultimately proves that those laws have no benefit to the people because they are not solving the problem. The diction he incorporates in this article parallels with the situation being discussed. Kristof conveys that the problem of gun control is greater than just one country, and is a widespread problem. This is why Kristof incorporates terms such as “we.” It allows the problem to be interpreted as everyone’s problem, including the reader. Kristof includes a small amount of complex language in this article to illustrate how the problem has more aspects. Kristof’s use of informal language appeals to his readers, creating a situation where he is able discuss and provide evidence for his points without becoming

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