Death at a Penn State Fraternity In her 2017 article “Death at a Penn State Fraternity”, Caitlin Flanagan utilizes a plethora of rhetorical devices and strategies to convey her argument that large universities and their respective fraternities must be evaluated and ultimately reformed to prevent incidents similar to the death at Penn State from occurring. Flanagan presents readers with the stunning account of a young, affluent Penn State freshman who suffers and ultimately dies at the hands of his newly acquired “brothers”. Throughout the article, the veteran writer emphasizes the systemic ineptness of many universities to control and improve their fraternal organizations. Consequently, she argues, there must be concrete plans enacted to combat the widespread mistreatment of newly pledged fraternity members - referred to as “hazing” - in universities across the nation. To effectively present her anti-fraternity sentiment, Flanagan partially relies on concrete facts and statistics. As she informs readers, eighty percent …show more content…
Before Tim Piazza’s night begins, he reaches in a closet that “his mother will soon visit to select the clothes he will wear in his coffin.” After the night of “torture”, Tim’s family will be reunited one last time with “the redheaded boy they have loved so well” so he does not “die alone”. These pieces of wording are prime examples of the instrumentality of emotionally involving the audience in any piece of writing. When simple statistics and bland facts don’t seem to push Flanagan’s stance quite far enough, she turns to powerful, almost agonizing wording to complete the task. The language may be exaggerated at times, but it’s undoubtedly effective. However, the poignant wording of the article serves as just a portion of the emotional tactics in this piece. As readers soon find out, every statistic has a
Jerry Sandusky sexually abused children, specifically young boys, on the Penn State University campus. Four move-makers, Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz, Timothy Curley, and Joseph Paterno, with authority were aware that Jerry Sandusky had a problem with having sexual and/or sexual intent encounters with children. Their first public knowledge of this was when a mother reported to the police that he had showered with her son on campus. Following this incident Mike McQueary reported an eye-witnessed encounter of Sandusky and a child to one of the four, Joseph Paterno, in which it took him over 24 hours to make a move with the information. (Crandall, Parnell, Spillan, 2013).
Thoughts in regards to suicide often include empathy for the dead, and wonder as to what drove the person to end their life. All too often, people ignore a rather important consideration: the thoughts and feelings of those left behind. The loved ones are left with the remorse, despondence, and grieving, while the dead are absolved of their worldly anguish. In “The Grieving Never Ends”, Roxanne Roberts employs a variety of rhetorical tactics including metaphors, imagery, tone, and syntax to illustrate the indelible effects of suicide on the surviving loved ones. Roberts effectively uses metaphors to express the complex, abstract concepts around suicide and human emotion in general.
How would you feel if you were little and brother took you up into an attic filled with rat poison, and showed you your own coffin? This and many others are terrible things that doodle's brother did to him. In the book Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst, In The Scarlet Ibis james hurt uses figurative language to foreshadow death and create a sorrowful or almost creepy mood. One of the best ways James Hurts uses figurative language is when he has the Scarlet Ibis die. The Scarlet Ibis has multiple forms of imagery and other figurative language to create sorrowful tone that will be discussed in this essay.
In “The Funeral,” author Henry James evinces the narrator’s inflated sense of self through a lampoon of the lower class—primarily via tones of irreverent degradation and supercilious condescension. Amidst the impoverished masses, the speaker finds himself intrigued by their dejected existence and paltry attempt to mourn the death of Mr. George Odger, a humble shoemaker. [add another sentence] Riddled with insouciance, haughtiness, and patronization, the author’s diction divulges the pompous outlook of the narrator. For instance, the onlooker continually mocks the “spectacle” of the funeral that he describes as one he “[would] have been sorry to miss.”
Serving with top Cornell University administrators on a secret committee whose task was to cut financial aid costs, Mitch McBride had a great responsibility: to represent the student body’s perspective on deliberations it didn’t even know existed. By all accounts, McBride took the job seriously. A longstanding member of Cornell’s Student Assembly, McBride got his seat on the private committee by earning the trust of many Cornellians. But when McBride learned that the committee might recommend admitting only those international students who could afford to pay full tuition, his conscience told him that his voice was not enough. He believed that the entire student body, not just a select few who’d been handpicked by administrators, had a supreme
The author included these situations to appeal to emotion. This draws a broader audience to convince that his argument is
Dorothy Siegel’s argument in the essay “What Is Behind the Growth of Violence on College Campuses?” is persuasive. Siegel persuades the reader by presenting her points and validating them with facts and statistics. One of the strongest aspects of the argument is that contrary to popular belief, students are committing a majority of the crimes that take place on college campuses; the students “themselves may become the assailants”, not persons from outside of the campus. She further supported this by pointing out that students tend to know their attackers. Another strong aspect of her argument is that campus violence is due to substance abuse.
Saba Mirfatahi Professor Bourget English 1130 October 6th 2015 Mitford: Analysis of “Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain” Jessica Mitford’s, “Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain,” is an assertive account of the true realisms involving embalming. Jessica Mitford takes a bold stand against the funeral industry and states that people are “blissfully ignorant” (Mitford 310) on preserving people. Ultimately, Jessica Mitford’s argumentative essay is successful due to her very somber but informative and organized tone, her style using dark vivid imagery and quotations make her claims credible. One of the way’s in which Mitford’s argument is effective is through the use of her sarcastic tone. There are many words to describe Mitford’s tone; cocky, blunt,
Greek life on a college campus is a major part of student life. Greek life makes students feel like they have a foundation to stand on when it is time to network with the professional world. Yet, students do not understand that Greek life has its toxic con on student’s professional career, which choose to go down that path. The Greek life’s hazing, alcohol, cost, black culture, and Alcorn’s part could or already be toxic to someone 's professional career.
Ray Bradbury never seems to doubt his themes, or the way he presents them. From his first publication in the mid-1900’s to now he does not appear to falter. The same holds true for his short stories. In “Embroidery”, Ray Bradbury conveys a grim, bipolar ending to three women using symbolism, emphasis, appeal to emotion, and vivid descriptions. Bradbury’s style is very distinct and noticeable in all his works.
The IAT Harvard survey consisted of multiple topics regarding race, genders, thoughts on sexuality and so on. One topic was if one prefers European Americans over African Americans. Surprisingly, the results were that most people strongly prefer European Americans over the other. Why is that? Maybe it’s because many people place stereotypes and other ideals towards another individual, whether they have a different skin tone, whether they are male or female, as well as other characteristics one may notice.
Although Rick Perlstein and Liz Addison both wrote their article with the same purpose of appealing to the readers’ sense of emotion, credibility
Brent Staple created a powerful essay which appeared in Ms magazine in 1986 which pointed out that people are quick to assume another’s character based on race and appearance; furthermore, he was effectively able to get his point across through his style of writing which could throw the readers for a loop with his strong diction, the author’s ability to relate to most of his audience through personal experience, and by motivating the readers using outrage or appealing to their emotions. Staple’s style of writing, especially in the opening, can effectively draw and keep the audience hooked long enough for the readers to comprehend his message. His opening statement: “My first victim was a woman” uses strong diction to establish a dark serious
Within any particular system, there is present an underlying motive for success in every sense of the word. While in some scenarios, that motive can be hidden beneath the desire to fit in, above all this, the idea of prosperity is the main factor in motivating individuals toward their goals. Susan Faludi, the author of “The Naked Citadel”, explores how at the all-boys college, students are pressured into conforming to the “Whole Man” standard where they develop brotherhood, a sense of structure, and belonging. When these men are able to develop such strong bonds with one another, several flaws come about. The majors issues at The Citadel, lie in their denial of women into the school, and the traumatic hazing new students endure.
Flannery O’Connor uses style, tone, and character to tell the story of a family and a band of misfits as they struggle with good over evil in the Southern Gothic short story ‘A Good Man is Hard to Find’ (Kirszner & Mandell, 2012). The style and tone of the characters are depicted in a way that makes it difficult to feel compassion or sympathy for them. The figurative language and style used by the author depicts characters with casual, informal, and extreme Southern stereotypes, diction and attitudes. The tone of the story is ironic in regard to both the characters and plot. O’Connor uses colorful language to describe the characters of the story in a way that allows the reader to vividly see the characters as cartoon like, grotesque, and exaggerated.