Rhetorical Analysis: To Be Happier Start Thinking About Your Death

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The time is just after the beginning of the New Year. A new article from the New York Times has just came out which is called To Be Happier Start Thinking about Your Death. Throughout the article they talk about how to have a better 2016 you must think about your own death. The author is Arthur C. Brooks he is the president of the American Enterprise Institute which is a Washington think tank. He is an American social scientist and musician. Arthur Brooks talks about eastern culture and surveys to build trust with the audience while introducing narratives all while keeping a harsh tone in the article. Brooks Keeps a pretty harsh tone. The tone seems to be harsh and distant because of the word choice that he uses. When he talks about the things…show more content…
The Brooks brings up other things that one person said that is thought of very highly in our society or any society. One person that is talked about is the Buddha himself. The shared ability of the Buddha makes things more trustworthy. This brings the argument into a more spiritual basis which seems to strengthen the argument that is made and that it also widen the number of people that are now in the audience for this paper. The Buddha gives the paper a very strong sense of ethics and that the things in this article are true. The writer talks about a survey that was done by the Journal of Science and the Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman. Just by putting the name of the person that did the survey made it stronger and increased the strength of the argument. The People that the Brooks talks about make the argument its strongest statement. The addition of others ethos make the argument more spiritual, more trustworthy and overall makes the argument easier to believe. All of those things make the argument stronger and is the strongest part of his overall argument he makes. Brook brings his argument all together in the last paragraph of the article. The last paragraph seems to be pulling the article together. He does this by bringing his call to action for his whole argument. The Brooks gives his call to action that you should “improve your alignment and maybe become funnier in the process” by thinking about
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