Rachel Carson Silent Spring Rhetorical Analysis

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Occasionally problems in society are suppressed, made worse, or even outright ignored. Some problems could never be addressed until one day a person or group of people decide to challenge the status quo, and to present to masses a problem that they themselves may have never really thought about before. One particular issue addressed by Rachel Carson is the use of pesticides. Rachel Carson wrote the book Silent Spring to combat and question the use of these pesticides. In the excerpt of her book Silent Spring, Carson employs the use of rhetorical questions, a cynical tone and militaristic diction to emphasize that due to the thoughtless actions of farmers and authoritarian figures who have used pesticides carelessly, we are seeing collateral effects on the…show more content…
When looking at that specific phrase it’s clear to the reader that Carson is insinuating that killing is becoming a habit of humanity, an idea that while may be true, isn’t usually made outright. Carson defies normal standards and isn’t afraid to confidently share her own opinion. In the sentence “[Animals] were doomed by a judge and jury who neither knew of their existence nor cared,” Carson continues to set a cynical backdrop that depicts humanity as evil. Now, while her tone may not be able to single handedly convince people to change their opinions, what it does do instead is contributes towards her claim that this is an irrefutable problem that requires decisive action. Her tone does this by inciting emotion into the reader. Specifically associated with her tone is a feeling of anger towards the people who have been careless and have suppressed the issue. Her criticizing tone also connects to her use of rhetorical questions to get the readers to be on her side, questioning the status
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