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Petrunkevitch Rhetorical Analysis

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Petrunkevitch uses a scientific and literal style and explores a stated thesis. Petrunkevitch uses factual and literal information throughout his essay to achieve his purpose of, conveying the relationship between intelligence and instinct within the actions of the insects. Petrunkevitch uses facts such as “a fertilized female tarantula lays from 200 to 400 eggs” to help the reader…. Petrunkevitch also uses factual information to help the reader understand what is going on and understand the insects more. “Each species of Pepsis requires a certain species of tarantula, and the wasp will not attack the wrong species”, specifying the species and clarifying these topics helps the reader understand the predicament of the spider and wasp and understand…show more content…
She does not use facts and logic like Petrunkevitch but, instead uses metaphors and an imagery to convey her message. “It seemed as if a fibre, very thin but pure, of the enormous energy of the world has been thrust in into his frail”, instead of simply describing what she saw like Petrunkevitch would have done, Woolf describes the deeper shiz of the moth’s actions. She does this to give the moth (metaphor for life) a sort of beauty then later saying, “the moth having righted himself now lay most decently and uncomplainingly composed”, to show the drastic change that death brought to the moth. Her metaphors help the reader understand and respect the power of death. Unlike Petrunkevitch who states and proves his thesis in his essay, Woolf never says her main idea but instead explores the idea of death through her essay. Woolf begins her essay by setting the scene unlike Petrunkevitch who begins his essay by giving an introduction and stating his thesis. Woolf begins her essay by creating the bright, lively scene which reflects life. Then, while Petrunkevitch is using facts and information to continue his idea, Woolf continues writing metaphorically. Finally, to end his essay Petrunkevitch ends with giving his final thoughts and conclusion, Woolf ends here essay by creating the dark, somber scene which reflects
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