Analysis Of Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris The Tyranny Of Things

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We are currently living in a society that tends to be rather materialistic. In response to such reality, Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris writes the passage of “The Tyranny of Things”, trying to persuade people to enjoy the freedom from “things, things. things”. Morris’ argument is made successful by her use of parallelism, accurate diction, and ample sexual evidence. Morris’ argument is first supported by her use of string parallelism. In paragraph 2, Morris states how the “collections” of things we cake “fill our rooms, our walls, our tables, our desks.” This series of location of where our collections might locate highlight the pervasive nature of the things we collect. This parallelism also appeals to the readers, which might now realize an issue that has been long overlooked: maybe their obsession with collecting things is excessive, or even, problematic. The readers might now start questioning the usefulness of their “mass” collections. Furthermore, when describing the little house by the sea that Morris went to when she was tired, she says how there was nothing in the house “to demand care, to…show more content…
I paragraph three, Morris lists our many instances that outline people’s excessive desire for things. These examples that author uses can immediately connect with the audience; the audience can identify the things that they have done themselves. This evokes them to think that maybe there is a problem with their passion for collecting things. At this point, Morris further convinces the audience with another example/ Morris points out how her friend manages to keep “a spotless house and a soul serene” just by giving away things that she does not “imperatively need”. This particular instance shows the readers that by being free of the control of physical objects, they can easily lead a much simpler life. This appears to the readers’ desire to lead a simpler life, which thus makes the passage more

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