Rhetorical Analysis Of Escape From Camp 14

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Throughout the book, Escape from camp 14 there are several rhetorical strategies used by the author. Blaine Harden starts off the book with a shocking statement, “His first memory is an execution.” Which makes the readers instantly curious about who the author is talking about, why that had happened and what's next to the story. As Harden explains about the story being in the point of view of a young kid, he does not clarify when or where this scene is taking place or why the execution was happening. Although, Harden tried to make his readers experience the execution through the eyes of a clueless young child. Harden also explained how the young boy, Shin has been trained to be obedient to authority and accept violence as a part of his life. And he went through talking about Shin's life and experience and how he ended up in the US from the North Korean labor prison camp. After that, the author started the chapter by the description of Shin Donk-Hyuk’s everyday life. He wrote the book to make us imagine as we are Shin himself walking in his shoes. Shin's life in the prison was incredibly inconceivable. The prison was a place where workers were treated…show more content…
He used his own explanation by narrating it in way of a flashback to give examples on how painful their punishments were and how they dealt with it in the camp, and wrote every detail he was told by shin, "He had been trained by guards and teachers to believe that every time he was beaten, he deserved it because of the treasonous blood he had inherited from his parents." This makes the readers feel that it was just normal and often that the kids get beaten. And even after Shin's escape he still feels like he is not fully recovered from his camp days, “I escaped physically,' he said. 'I haven't escaped psychologically.” The author included this part to let his readers know that even after Shin's freedom he still feels like a
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