Dr William Parker Analysis

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In the article, They might sound gross, but intestinal worms can actually be good for you, Dr. William Parker, an associate professor of surgery at Duke University, provides an in-depth analysis on the benefits of helminths, or worms. Dr. Parker argues that helminths are actually quite beneficial as opposed to what people may think based on the connotation of the word parasite. He strives to persuade the audience that the helminths supply a valuable symbiosis within its host. Dr. Parker utilizes certain conventions to support his claim and persuade the audience. In the article, he uses explanation of evidence, reasoning of ideas, and the use of stylistic and persuasive elements to educate and coax the audience. The first and most critical…show more content…
Parker incorporates stylistic and persuasive elements to add power and more expression to his persuasive article. In order to prevent boredom within the audience, he includes elements to appeal to their emotions. Multiple times in the article, Dr. Parker asks rhetorical questions. He asks, “could these helminths actively be doing good?” These rhetorical questions prompt the audience to engage in the thought process Dr. Parker is presenting. This allows the audience to reflect on the question and think about their own opinions to decide whether to agree with Parker’s claim at all. There are many times in the article he employs colloquial language. Dr. Parker is discussing parasites and says they are “sucking the life out of the body.” This familiar language can better connect with the audience rather than continual medical terminology many people are unfamiliar with. Relating to the audience is critical to persuasion. Colloquialism is again used when Dr. Parker says that rat tapeworms are being used by people “which sounds truly disgusting.” The familiar language can provoke reactions within the audience, typically provoking satisfaction since Dr. Parker shares the same opinion as them. This short phrase also integrates pathos as it helps the argument by appealing to the emotions of the audience. Dr. Parker includes an interesting stylistic element when he says, “that is just the tip of the iceberg.” The usage of this idiom contrasts the plethora of advantages that helminths offer. This idiom can help the audience better visualize the sheer amount of benefits, rather than the few listed in the article. The use of stylistic language helps Dr. Parker appeal to the emotions of the audience and sway their
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