In this passage from Last child in the Woods, an extremely discouraged Richard Louv shows the separation of nature to both parents and children. By showing imagery through car rides in the present vs. car rides in the past he shows an extraordinary change. By his use of rhetorical devices such as pathos, ethos, and imagery Louv produces a captivating argument to fire up the modern generation. Throughout the passage Louv cites many sources, and deserves credit.
The passage, “Always Running” by Luis J. Rodriguez evokes the tone of indifference. Rodriguez demonstrates these tones through imagery. For example, at the beginning of the passage the narrator, Luis gives us background information about his living situation to set up imagery for the rest of the passage. Then, Luis sets the tone of indifference with this sentence “So without ceremony, we started over the tracks, climbing over discarded market carts and tore-up sofas.” This quote uses the literary device of imagery because the narrator is painting a picture of their environment.
“Yes… we actually looked out the car window” (lines 61-62) does so. A large impact is created by suggesting his grandchildren will react to the idea of actually enjoying nature during car rides. His sarcasm implies how he anticipates the separation between people and nature will continue to grow. The insertion of a rhetorical question in lines 43-47 develops the argument by prompting the reader to stop and ponder. It plants the idea in their heads of how technology has disengaged our youth.
The speaker of Maxine Kumin’s “Woodchucks” begins the poem as passive only describing what everyone is doing, but then transitions to a place of power describing all the things they have personally done. After careful examination of the poem, the poem seems to be about the Holocaust. The speaker describes how “gassing the woodchucks didn’t turn out right.” (Kumin). This then leads to the speaker describing what him and others were doing to the “woodchucks”, the speaker says, “both exits shoehorned shut with puddingstone,” (Kumin).
The character Penny is a protagonist in Byatt’s story “The Thing in the Forest”, and is presented in two lives or stages: childhood and adulthood. As a little girl, Penny is described as “thin and dark and taller, probably older than Primrose, and had a bloodless transparent paleness with a touch of blue in her lips” (Byatt 3). In the later stages of the story, Penny is described as having a “transparent face that had lost detail – cracked lipstick, fine lines of wrinkles – and looked both younger and greyer, less substantial” (Byatt 12). This later description can be taken as a representation of the battering from life that Penny had taken from the encounter with the thing to separation and placement with strange families, a predicament shared by Primrose who now had the same
What were they going to do? Well, said Mildred, wait around and see” (42). What followed was a display of colors and sounds, and the people were back to shallow words again. The TV that everyone spends their lives watching does not have a plot, purpose, moral or point. It is nothing more than unconnected sentences, bright colors and loud noise.
He achieves this by making a summarizing statement about how people over 60 tend to reflect on life and the impact of their decisions. He shifts his focus to the overall significance of the piece when he declares, “Over 60 we are fascinated by the mystery of our life, why roads were taken and not taken, and our children encourage this as they develop a sense of family history” (98-101). Murray conveys to the audience that people over 60 often have the tendency to reflect on major events in their life and attempt to discover a reason for why they made they the life choices that they made. This allusion calls the Frost poem to mind without mentioning it explicitly. The author utilizes the rhetorical device to conclude his writing and synopsize its significance.
Rhetorical Strategies in Louv’s “Last Child in the Woods” People that are fixated on the pale blue glow of the electronic screen while in public or in the company of others are now a commonplace occurrence. Even if a person kept their phone in their pocket, there is no getting away from the flashing images. Public TV screens are everywhere from the gas station pump, the grocery store line, the doctor's office, amusement parks, and facing every table at restaurants. Humans are uniquely prone to getting drawn in and captivated inside the virtual electronic world.
This passage best describes pathos because there is an emotional appeal and it appeals to deeply held values and beliefs. The author is using pathos by sharing the experience he or she had while interacting with these many poor families and it also gave them understanding about their lifestyles and what situations those poor families might have to
Pathos is used as an appeal to emotion, often to gain an audience’s investment for a specific purpose. Animal shelter advertisements, car commercials, and even magazines use this method to attract an audience and pull them in by their heartstrings. Rebecca Skloot’s contemporary biography The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is no different, utilizing this method to maintain the audience’s attention and emotional investment in the story.
Metaphors are being used throughout the poem to compare the difficult terrain of the swamp to our speaker’s challenge with going through life’s hardships. An example is, “Here is swamp, here is struggle, closure – pathless, seamless, peerless mud.” This quote compares the struggle of walking through muddy swamps to the struggle of finding closure. They are both seen here as pathless, seamless, and peerless. Mary Oliver was able to shift the overall mood of the poem by showing two different sides of the speaker’s emotions.
Zhichen Zhang Professor Dustin Shaffer Communication 105 14 January 2018 Stephen Sondheim: Into the Woods Into the Woods is a well-known musical which debuted at the Old Globe Theater in 1986. The musical is written by Stephen Sondheim and he is an American composer who has made great contribution to musical theater more than a half-century. James Lapine is the book author and he plays a necessary role to this incredible musical. I watched the musical which brought me enter a brand-new field – musical.
Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867 to Charles and Caroline Ingalls along with three other sisters. The oldest of the sisters was named Mary, Laura came next followed by Carrie, and finally Grace. Laura would often write down the events that would take throughout her life, from living in the Big Woods in Wisconsin to moving out west to start a new life. Later on in her life she would put all of her experiences down into multiple books that became vastly popular and helped teach the world about her life as a settler. Laura eventually became known as America’s Original Pioneer Girl.
He makes the grass the speaker in the poem, because in doing so, he gives the grass a voice to speak and it says, “Let me do my work.” We understand that he grass is not human, it has no emotional investment in these battles, apart from its need to reclaim the battle scarred land, so its voice speaks only to that. It is chilling in its lack of emotion and lack of humanity towards a subject so emotionally charged. Sandburg’s feelings are also evident when speaking of the passengers and of their asking the conductor, “What place is this? Where are we now?”