Rhetorical Analysis Article

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A rhetorical analysis of: “For many restaurant workers, fair conditions not on menu”, an editorial published in February, 2014 by The Boston Globe, reveals the author’s use of classic rhetorical appeals to be heavily supported with facts, including focused logos arguments. “For many restaurant workers, fair conditions not on menu” is a Boston Globe editorial published in February 2014 by author/editor Kathleen Kingsbury. Kingsbury is a Pulitzer prize winning author and is currently the deputy managing editor (The Boston Globe). “For many restaurant workers, fair conditions not on menu” aims to inform the reader of the hardships that minimum wage restaurant workers in the United States have to face and steps that could be taken to solve these issues. The article focuses in on the wage gap, …show more content…

The $2.13 per hour figure is true, but waiters/waitresses never see that amount. It is required statewide that any minimum wage employee earn at least $9 (“Massachusetts Law about Minimum Wage”). No matter how complex the author makes the convention of tipping seem, no one is getting paid $2.13 in actuality. The only purpose of using that statistic is to exacerbate the idea of feeling sorry for these individuals. Following that reference, the author sets blame upon management and restaurant chain executives. The haphazard “pointing of the finger”, which is often found in rhetorical arguments, perpetuates the grand scheme of poor versus wealthy, powerless versus powerful, and minimum wage employee versus big bad restaurant executive. Although this is presented in a professional manner, and with suppressed indignation towards restaurant chains, the basic ideology held by the author is implanted in the minds of the readers. The author successfully does exactly what any written rhetorical piece sets out to do, convince others of an opinion through persuasive

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