Birds And Bees Rhetorical Analysis

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Crucial Capital In America, living an adequate life is dependent on having sufficient financial capital. Having money allows Americans to live successful lives. Because money is such a necessity, a large emphasis is placed on doing what needs to be done in order to gain such capital. In "Birds and Bees? No, Let's Talk about Dollars and Cents," Ben Stein successfully argues that one must convert human capital, which is obtained through self discipline, into financial capital in order to lead a successful life. He is writing to his son whom is on the verge of entering the real world, where he will be forced to make decisions himself, including financial decisions. The lawyer, economist, law professor, actor, comedian, and former White House…show more content…
The anecdotes establish the emotional appeal, and also gain credibility. Stein, writing as a father, explains everything their family has gone through in order to give his boy the opportunity he has. He explains how capital, in the form of money, has been passed through the generations. Stein begins by discussing his grandparents' many jobs but also stating that they had accumulated no evident capital. Regardless of this lack of money, the next generation, Stein's parents, earned sufficient financial capital by getting human capital in the form of education. This is proof that human capital is necessary to obtain financial capital, and financial capital is necessary to lead a successful life. In this anecdote, Stein explains that the financial capital earned in the previous generation allowed him and his sister to get educations and convert it to savings. A domino effect is evident: As the financial capital increases with generations, human capital can be earned in greater abundance and converted to more money. The son, learning that he is "the first member of the family to grow up in luxury," will be inclined to do more to save money and acquire capital for himself and future generations. The boy is representative of the American people and the relatability is strong. The writer includes this to bring a realization to the reader as to create a sense of greater importance on the issue. With such an attitude toward the issue,…show more content…
Because this is written as a father to his son, credibility is gained. Fathers want what is best for their children, and this is clearly evident throughout this article. "I think it may be time for me to send you a few thoughts about money and how to make sure you continue to having the standard of living you have come to love so much." He is going to tell his son, someone he loves, how to sustain a sufficient standard of living. The writer includes this to further his credibility. The reader knows what follows in this letter will be genuine and true, making the content easily acceptable. Also, because it is written as a letter, it is more personable and one can directly relate. It is written in first person and gives advice to his son on how to earn and keep financial capital. The application is simple. The writer uses the form of a letter to give the information in a directly applicable manner; therefore, not a lot of searching is required. People tend to follow through on something if it is given in simple terms, so the reader will be more likely to
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