By misinterpreting and attacking the nuanced areas of the opposition’s argument, one is able to elevate his own argument while degrading that of the opposition’s. Even when an argument is sound and logical, if it contains a single unclear phrase open to interpretation that is followed by critical mockery, it appears inconsequential and foolish to an audience. Such is the case in an exchange between Richard Seaver, the Executive Vice President of the Grove Press publishing company, and Ira Herbert, an executive of Coca-Cola, regarding their common use of the marketing slogan, “it’s the real thing”.
People that are fixated on the pale blue glow of the electronic screen while in public or in the company of others are now a commonplace occurrence. Even if a person kept their phone in their pocket, there is no getting away from the flashing images. Public TV screens are everywhere from the gas station pump, the grocery store line, the doctor's office, amusement parks, and facing every table at restaurants. Humans are uniquely prone to getting drawn in and captivated inside the virtual electronic world. It is their ability to think and imagine that makes them particularly vulnerable. Steeped in pixels, People come to believe they are somehow separate from the raw grittiness of nature. However, no matter how good their imagination, humans are still skin, muscle and bone enlivened by a ball of electrical impulses. Conversely, no actual life exists behind the LCD screen or within that trendy phone ap. Life is found amongst people, the animals and vegetation that
As time passes the connection between humans and nature is drastically decreasing; humans have developed the idea of being the most powerful form of life on earth. In the passage, Hidden Lessons, by David Suzuki, readers can perceive and understand the author’s message clearly through the use of purpose and form. The purposes of Suzuki’s passage is to educate the readers about the severity of humans losing connection with nature, raise awareness towards this issue, and he uses the form of persuasiveness to prove his point.
Lastly, Joan Didion’s essay “Los Angeles Notebook” has a gratuitous effect on the reader. The entire purpose of the essay is to evaluate and deconstruct the effect of the environment on the human’s conscious and unconscious behavior. This is portrayed in a methodical fashion, with the recount of past experiences in the opening of the essay, and the scientific explanation and history in the latter portion. Diction plays a powerful role throughout this piece, promoting the negativity of the Santa Ana, and the mechanistic views of human
“An Entrance to the Woods” is an essay by Wendell Berry about the serenity and importance of nature in his life. In this essay, the author uses tone shifts from dark to light to convey his idea of finding rebirth and rejuvenation through nature. In the beginning of the essay, Berry has left civilization for the first time in a while, and finds himself missing human company and feeling “inexplicably sad” (671). This feeling of sadness is in part from the woods itself, and partly due to Berry leaving the hustle and bustle of normal life in the cities, and the violent change from constant noise to silence causes him to feel lonely in the woods. As a result of feeling alone in the woods, the tone of the essay is dark and brooding, as seen through Berry’s somber diction and mood, as seen on page 671: “And then a heavy feeling of melancholy and lonesomeness comes over me. This does not
Ray Bradbury's “The Pedestrian” is a short story about a man and his wife whom lose their endearing connection with their children to the grip of technology. Ray Bradbury helps readers comprehend the setting in “The Veldt” by using similes throughout the story to create a vivid image. Bradbury incorporates similes throughout the story in a detailed manner. The story begins with including the graphic simile, “It was empty as a jungle glade at hot high noon” (Bradbury 1). This simile ideally captures the setting of a balmy, desolate jungle in the middle of the afternoon. Again, Bradbury uses a simile to describe the imagery of the setting, “The only flaw to the illusion was the open door through which he could see his wife, far down the dark
Leopold is known as the father of ecology, studying the relationship between organisms and their respective environments. Leopold explains his convictions in A Sand County Almanac and Stretches Here and There; moreover, his essay,“Land Ethic,” illustrates the communal life of people; furthermore, this community-based atmosphere stimulates ethical behavior and persuades the members to treat each other with respect and to work together as a team for the mutual benefit of all. However, Leopold divulges that the majority of humans does not view the natural world as part of his community. Leopold elaborates, “The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of a community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land” (Leopold 204). Therefore, an intertwined relationship, mutual respect, and consideration between social, economic, and environmental components of society must be achieved. Once the environment is perceived as an equal part of an individual’s community, the human ethical spirit will respect the environment, cherish its benefits and beauty, and be obligated to preserve it. If future generations are taught to create harmony between the three pillars of society: economic, social, and environmental, further damage to the environment can be
Every individual forms a part of a social environment in which they come across many different circumstances, that affect the way they behave and respond to different scenarios. Starting in the childhood, when they become part of the school community and within this community, they are exposed to different ideas and behaviors. Furthermore, the environment in which people grow up,and how they develop themselves in it plays an role in how they are affected and respond to extreme situations within society as well as the way other people interact with them. For instance, Louise Erdrich in her story “The red Convertible” presents to us the story of Henry and Lyman Lamartine two brothers, who spend all summer of driving around the US in a red convertible.
The passage Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv was written because of his stand on the separation between people and nature. Through crafty thoughts and examples he mainly directed it towards parents of our generation. No doubt that he thinks that all this new technology is changing our childhoods in a bad way. For example children of these days are plugged in most of the time to a screen of some sort. This is decreasing our children's knowledge of creativity and taking in the beauty of nature. In the end, Richards purpose was to inform people on what our new technology is doing to us today.
In the Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv argues about the separation between people and nature. He asserts that technology is taking over our lives and how that is going to affect the future. His purpose is to draw the reader 's attention to show how important nature is and how we have become so separated from our surroundings because of technological uprisings.
Throughout history, a central question to human identity has been “can I improve myself?”. To naturalist John Muir, the answer to this is irrevocably yes. Muir goes beyond just arguing that a person can improve themselves and goes on to theorize on the best way to go about this enhancement. Muir believes that the best way to improve yourself is through experiences with nature, as is evident in the collection of his written works titled Essential Muir: A Selection of John Muir’s Best Writings. By interacting with wild, untouched nature, people can learn more about not only about themselves but also engage in a spiritual experience with God. Nature provides a setting in which people can both remember, dream, feel alive, and experience a paradoxical
Within the last few lines of the passage, 64-73, evaluates examples of pathos. Lines 69-71 say “We stared with a kind of reverence at the horizon, as thunderheads and dancing rain moved with us. We held our little plastic cars against the glass and pretended that they, too, were racing toward some unknown destination.” This quote influences people to think about how everyone is going somewhere new and unknown to each other all the time. They made it come to life with their imaginations and that is what we lack. Louv uses rhetorical questions to persuade people to change their view on television watching. On lines 43-47, it says “Why do so many Americans say they want their children to watch less TV, yet continue to expand the opportunities for them to watch it? More important, why do so many people no longer consider the physical world worth watching?” This quote is greatly important due to the fact that parents would prefer their children to not watch so much TV or video games, but they let them do it anyway which is unfortunate. When kids watch too much television or play hours of video games, they rely on that to survive the day and
In Richard Louv’s essay, The Child in the Woods, he uses multiple rhetorical strategies to develop an argument regarding the widening gap between people and nature. He presents a convincing argument of how today’s children are so caught up in the new technology that they don’t take the time to embrace nature and all it has to offer. Louv incorporated hyperboles and into his essay to strengthen his argument about mankind and nature.
Across all three of our remediations, there is one key element that we shared: Here is about one specific location across time, not necessarily the people. The people in the story distract from the evolution of the location, especially as a result of the tendency of our minds to focus
The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive. Cars that were usually gleaming stood dusty in their drives and lawns that were once emerald green lay parched and yellowing; the use of hosepipes had been banned due to drought. Deprived of their usual car-washing and lawn-mowing pursuits, the inhabitants of Privet Drive had retreated into the shade of their cool houses, windows thrown wide in the hope of tempting in a nonexistent breeze. The only person left outdoors was a teenage boy who was lying flat on his back in a flower bed outside number four.