Richard Louv's Last Child In The Woods

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The writer, Richard Louv, in his argumentative paper, Last Child in the Woods, supports his argument that relates to the separation between people and nature. To support his argument, he uses rhetorical devices in order to motivate the readers to reminisce about their past and how nature applied to it. Louv’s purpose is to manifest the feelings of the reader’s past to connect with his ideals of nature. Louv begins his argumentative essay by including an experiment about changing the colors of butterflies’ wings, which addresses a problem that is apparent in our society. Today’s culture thinks that real nature “isn’t worth looking at” if they can just construct their own imitation of nature. The writer, during this stage, develops a standard for his argument by using a major part of today’s society, technology. The author is not necessarily against technology, but he suggests that an increase in technology to create nature and not …show more content…

A salesman tried to persuade the friend to purchase a backseat television for her children, but she declined because she felt her children should look out the window and enjoy the nature. His usage of this example is to argue his claim about the separation between people and nature, and how some individuals feel the separation has some negative effect on the up and coming generations. People claim that they want their children to stop watching television but continue to purchase items like backseat TVs. The writer uses imagery to justify his friend's reasoning to look out a backseat window for nature. “...children’s early understanding... was gained from the backseat… the woods and field and water beyond the steamy edges..” This usage of imagery persuades the reader to look at nature in the same manner as he did as a child, which aids his assertion that the separation occurring now is

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