Rhetorical Techniques Used In Paul Bogard's Let There Be Dark

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In Paul Bogard’s article, “Let There Be Dark” originally published in the Los Angeles Times on December 21, 2012 he uses various rhetorical devices to persuade his audience that natural darkness should be preserved. In order to begin his article he uses an anecdote in paragraph one, “At my family’s cabin… spreads of stars.” He does this to show that when he was young he experienced the darkness and how time has changed since then. Following his personal story he uses facts on how “Our bodies need darkness… darkness for sleep.” He proves how it’s necessary for us to have darkness rather than light all the time. After stating various more facts Bogard then asks a rhetorical question, ”In a world awash with electric light... his “Starry Night”?”
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