Artificial Reefs: A Rhetorical Analysis

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Oceans are peaceful, majestic, and filled with amazing and vibrant color. A lot of the prostown beauty in oceans can be credited to coral reefs. Lately though, natural coral reefs have been dying for various reasons, and some people believe that artificial reefs can help not only the natural reefs, but other surrounding ecosystems in their environment. Various articles use rhetorical techniques in hopes of enhancing their articles about whether or not artificial reefs are helping or harming the oceans. The first article, “Concern Lingers on Success of Artificial Reefs”, was written by Charles Q. Choi, and for Live Science, looks at both the pro and con side of artificial reefs. “The Disadvantages of Artificial Coral Reefs” from Pets on Mom.me, …show more content…

The “Concern Lingers on Success of Artificial Reefs” article’s tone is formal because it was written objectively and in third person. By writing objectively, Choi doesn’t give his opinions and equally represents the positive and negative effects of artificial coral reefs. In addition, he writes in third person instead of a personal writing style such as first or second person. This article is also written unbiasedly since it looks at both the negative and positive aspects of artificial reefs. Like Choi’s article, “From Balls of Concrete To Habitats for Sea Life” also has a formal tone for all the same reasons and one more. Similar to the Choi, Naik’s article is written with complex sentences that are long and are introduced, elaborated on, and concluded. Plus, the article by Naik is written objectively and in third person, which means that the authors opinions and personal thoughts weren’t given; the information given is unbiased despite the fact it is favored for artificial reefs, but the article mentions the opposing side. Even though “From Balls of Concrete To Habitats for Sea Life” is for artificial reefs and believes they are helping the environment, there is no biased information or opinions given. Unlike Choi and Naik’s article, “The Disadvantages of Artificial Coral Reefs” has an informal tone due to the simple sentences that have watered down ideas that don’t expand on their ideas. However, this article was written in third person, like the other two articles. Overall, all the articles were written in third person and therefore, didn’t have any personal insight on the issue and two of the three articles were written with a formal

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