Road Rage Barry Analysis

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Ticking Time Bomb of Rage Last week, i went to the grocery store to pick up some beef for dinner. I walked into line 3 of the checkout section, thinking that it is after 6:30 and that most people would be at home eating already. Being right, there were only 3 people in line. Waiting patiently, i looked at the selection of candy and chips put on shelves that were made to tempt you to spend more money. Ten minutes had passed, and the same three people were in this line. The lady in front of the other two people had attempted to swipe her card at least 6 times in the past minute i had been watching her. About another four minutes later, she had finally noticed that she had swiped her card in backwards. I was aggravated -enraged even- ready…show more content…
In the very first sentence, he describes a scene where you picture “bullets” flying “through your windshield”(Barry pg 48). This acute image being in the first sentence of the essay gives out a huge shock value, making the audience want to keep reading. He then asks “how widespread is road rage?” (48), giving the reader some insight on how because there are so many people out in the world that have this rage, it creates a huge amount of danger. Starting the essay this way opens up the idea that the little things that make us angry throughout our day can lead to bigger issues with violence as he continues on to explain specific examples of things everyone experiences in their daily…show more content…
The last paragraph of his essay is where he makes his point even more clear to the audience, for his words are to the point and a bit intimidating. Trying to argue that violence and rage is unnecessary, Barry states that we need to “try to be more considerate,” or “i will kill you” (50). Being the very last sentence of his essay, this threatening statement shows how rage can lead people to desire violence against others. This being so, it is also the most relatable to the audience out of every other example the author has written in his essay. The extremities of this last comment make the audience feel as if their levels of rage are acceptable, or they feel as if the writer has more rage than they do. In the essay “Road Warrior”, David Barry relates to his audience by using extreme humor to paint a picture of how the rage we experience in everyday activities is unnecessary. This is done through an increase of tone as he describes examples of rage that everyone in the modern day world experiences. Being successful with his humor, the essay is relatable to everyone of any age that picks up the
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