Rhetorical Analysis Of Beer

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Rhetorical Analysis On September 30, 1998, two students at the University of Maryland wrote articles in The Diamondback student newspaper, debating whether there should be a bar in the newly renovated Student Union. In “A Nice Cold Beer Can Help after Class,” Dan Sernovitz argues for a campus bar. While Kirsten Frese, in “All a Bar Will Bring is More Problems,” disagrees. Sernovitz relies primarily on pathos and cause and consequence, along with a couple analogies. Frese also primarily uses pathos and cause/consequence, and she uses some ethos as well. Sernovitz uses pathos to create a shared identify with his fellow college students and to evoke a desire for beer. For example, he begins by saying: “The period of adjustment is over: I have no more inflated goals of keeping up with my reading, no more hopes of a 4.0 GPA. This far into the semester I’m proud of myself if I wake up in time for class. Most days, I’m rather annoyed by my whole banal existence.” He is appealing…show more content…
He argues that “campus would be brighter” with a bar, he also asserts that the cause of binge drinking among students is the administration’s obsession with alcohol abuse. On the other hand,he insists a campus bar would promote peace and tranquility, relieve stress, and bring in revenue: “if the Student Union were to sell beer, it would also be selling responsible drinking in a saner, more soothing environment, which would make the city, the campus, and everyone else concerned a great deal happier. Of course, the campus would also be a great deal happier with the additional income generated by alcohol sales. The amount taken in would be staggering. And who knows, it would possibly augment parking revenues as well.” He also believes a campus bar would improve professor-student relationships in that it would “break down the walls” between them. He even believes that a campus bar could help reduce
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