Despite his clear disdain for books, he can quote deep, introspective lines and build arguments using them. (pg 103). In this disarming conversation, Beatty catches Montag off guard by describing his dream and the fight they had, quoting deep literature and making his point about how books can be used to argue either side, clearly getting into Montag’s head. Yet despite his self-assurance, he is unhappy. This fact is kept hidden until after his murder, as Montag thinks of the events leading up to it.
Out of the three David Brooks articles that I evaluated, “Making Modern Toughness” was most effective in presenting its claim in a thought provoking manner. While “The Avalanche of Distrust” also provides a thorough and thought provoking take on American societal trends, the OP-ED piece “Identity Politics Run Amok” is somewhat less effective at convincing readers of the validity and applicability of its central claim. “Making Modern Toughness” begins by creating common ground with readers by discussing the storyline of increasing emotional fragility among younger people. Over the past few months, this storyline been discussed in popular culture with increasing frequency. Brooks quickly pivots away from current events towards his analysis of
Freakonomics Essay Freakonomics is a mind bending, engaging and controversial look into a never before talked about side of economics. From relating the Ku Klux Klan to real estate agents and to why drug dealers are living with their moms Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner turn conventional wisdom on its head. As a whole I enjoyed the book, but there were some things that annoyed me and that I didn’t like and/or confused me. Freakonomics makes you think differently about topics you thought you already knew the answer to. To most with little knowledge of writing techniques they would not have noticed/comprehended the authors uses of rhetoric and tone but luckily from these past few years of English classes I was able to pick up and see
Here Vendituoli tries to use this student’s quote, to build off her concept of women as victims and tie in how prejudice against them increases the risk of harmful things occurring to them in the public eye. This strategy would have been more effective to the reader, had Vendituoli gone more in depth after quoting the student, instead of just ending her short paragraph. Both quotes from the student are powerful and express serious issues that women face on college campuses daily, but Vendituoli does not put them to good use. The structuration of her essay, while interesting, did not allow her to construct a clear cut argument. Despite Vendituoli’s intriguing essay structure, Tannen produces a stronger and more elaborate argument.
He frequently uses foreshadowing throughout The Book Thief and by using it, he creates false hope and suspense. Zusak makes the his audience want to keep reading to see if his inclinations about future events are true. Most of the foreshadowing in The Book Thief points to one significant event, the deaths of the important people in Liesel's life, one of the best examples of his use of false hope in his foreshadowing is this: “Preemptively, you conclude, as I would, that Rudy died that very same day of hypothermia. He did not.” (Zusak 242). Zusak goes on to say what actually happens to Rudy later on, “...i’m certain he would have liked to see the frightening rubble and the swelling of the sky on the night he passed away… He’d have been glad to witness her kissing his dusty, bomb-hit lips.” (Zusak 242).
Sam Roberts in the article A Decade of Fear argues that Americans turned against each other because of McCarthyism. Roberts supports his argument by explaining and describing the many occurences of paranoia caused by McCarthyism. The author’s purpose is to persuade the reader that McCarthy’s gross grab at power caused tension between Americans. It is clear that the author is directing his claims to an older and more educated audience, due to his cynical tone. I strongly agree with Roberts’ claim.
From this specific use of this juxtaposition it simulates fear and sadness as the author quickly reminds the audience of such a shocking day. By reminding the audience of this horrible day it further improves the author’s perspective to not have another trial. Later on the author describes how officials are still pushing to move on with the court process. Following this, the author then incorporates a rhetorical question which states, “Why not in the end, spare our community the burden of reliving the terror of April 15, 2013?” From this quote the author continues to spread his opinion for this court process to be over, as it is hard for many to listen to this tragic event all over again. This use at a rhetorical question is effective in trying to get the reader to think about the matter at hand.
However, Melly’s Empire of Conspiracy: The Culture of Paranoia in Postwar America fails to show evolution of government role that caused anxiety and panic in American culture. Thus, his recent monograph is helpful as it connects the social anxiety with lack of government transparency. Dean would agree with Melly’s method of investigating conspiracy with rising social fear, as Dean argued the "boundary-blurring," breaking down "formerly clear distinctions," result of social fear and the principal logic of contemporary
Sam Robert in the article, “A Decade of Fear”, argues that McCarthyism turned Americans against each other. Robert supports his argument by illustrating, describing, and listing the roots of McCarthyism. The author's purpose is to inform people about McCarthyism in order to convince readers that it caused conflict between Americans. The author writes in a factual tone for the adults reading New York Times. I strongly agree with Robert’s argument.
Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, has become a fad in recent years. His logical breakdown of psychology for the everyday person and his interesting take on things created an epidemic much like he described in his book The Tipping Point. In this book, he describes his theory of the Three Rules of Epidemics which include Law of the Few along with the Stickiness Factor and the Power of Context. Many scholars accuse Gladwell of being a storyteller with oversimplified factual evidence that leans towards his point, and I agree. At first, when I read the book, it made sense, but after reading the articles, I agree that he links studies and facts with information to make it believable.
Serving the Audience Lazy, entitled, and narcissistic are just some of many cataloged adjectives used to describe the most recent generation of students. Clive Thompson, a well-credentialed journalist, makes a casual attempt at removing these damaging preconceived views that the young people of today face and challenge daily. However, the succinctness of his piece, “On the New Literacy,” allows the writing to unravel quickly, pulling apart at both ends by committing logical faux pas. Thompson pleads his case based on the study of a Stanford University professor of writing, Andrea Lunsford, titled “The Stanford Study of Writing.” In her study, Lunsford collected thousands of student writing samples from a five-year period, specifically from 2001-2006 (Thompson 157). The findings of her study are gripping.
Does upholstering the law count as arsony? In Frank Trippett’s article, ‘A Red Light for Scofflaws’, he speaks openly about how social construct will collapse in itself when normal law abiding citizens begin to break laws without any means to. In layman 's terms, they break the law without thinking much of it. He does not provide much evidence when clearly the evidence is already laid out in plain sight, examples like Ferguson or the San Bernardino shootings are becoming more common in lives and are somehow beginning to become normal to americans. Yet the author, thankfully, uses an angry, direct tone with his most likely political audience.
In the text, Dana states his argument by saying that Americans are losing interest in the arts and literature. Dana supports his arguments by using the 2002 survey of public participation in Arts with additional consensus similar to this, recites the quote of a known author and uses parallelism like “imagination, creativity and high order of thinking.” The main idea or purpose is to draw attention to this problem and to try to fix it because it will pose a serious danger for the future. The primary audience is the youth of the American people. In his introduction, Dana compares the positive aspects in American life and the main idea: the lack of interest shown by young Americans in the arts. The form of expression used
The basis of the persecution and murder by the Germany authorities was attributed to the fact that they perceived the Jews to be an inferior race. The issue was measured to be a historic landmark; as a result, many scholars wrote about the issue for pure academic purposes in recognized educational materials such as journals and books. However, the presentation in a comic manner by Spiegelman was perceived to be exceptional. Another reason Maus was worth winning the Pulitzer Prize was the graphic novel was a reflection of a tireless innovator who was ready to tackle a somber issue in a manner that both the adult and children could easily read and comprehend. The innovativeness of the author was apparent from being competent to create first-hand
Select a recent, local, national, or international problem and explain why it is meaningful to you. How do you anticipate your college experience and your pursuit of your intended major/academic interest will help you develop a greater understanding of this issue? An issue close to my own heart is one that affects women on a local, national, and international level. Misrepresentation and underrepresentation of women in the media is something that has been around since media of any form first started, but despite the ever-growing diversity of our nation and the world, the staggeringly low number of women in mainstream media has only gotten marginally better. Women, especially those who are apart of other minorities (IE.