The C Word In The Hallway Analysis

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Anna Quindlen in the article, “The C Word in the Hallway” argues that mental illness don’t get enough awareness or help that it actually needs. Quindlen supports her argument by using similes, tone and bias’ to state that many teachers are not trained to recognize mental illness and so some just dismiss it and so that leaves “over two thirds of the mentally disturbed children without any help”. Insurance also does not aid in covering the costs because “health insurance plans do not provide coverage for necessary treatment”, or if they do then they think that they should “penalize those who need a psychiatrist instead of an oncologist”. The author's purpose in writing this was to inform people about the scary reality that many kids and teens face today and to argue that it is nothing to joke about and that it needs to be taken seriously. The author writes in a formal tone for parents, teens, and other adults to be aware of the seriousness of mental illness in teenagers. Quindlen tries to connect with the audience by stating that there is “only one solution to ending the ignorance…show more content…
She also states that “we parents should act like it” too and “then maybe kids will believe” that mental health isn’t something to be ashamed of because it’s an actual illness that more people should become aware of. She also mentions that “Kip Kinkel might be out of jail and off the taxpayers tab and leading a productive life” “if only there had been a long-term intervention and medication” to help them. Overall this essay effectively represents Quindlen's standpoint on mental illness and the effects of it by it and by using similes, tone, and bias she was able to let her audience understand the seriousness of an issue many people need to become more aware
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