Tom Junod

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Authors who publish their work almost universally all write for the purpose of producing a good piece of writing that effectively gets their point across and can be understood in some way by their audience of readers. In the web article, “Can You say… Hero?”, author Tom Junod utilizes a unique style of paragraph organization, various strong forms of supporting evidence of his central claim, and his ability to tell his story objectively, in order to produce a good piece of writing. Author Tom Junod begins each section with a bolded section and ends with a potent story or quote, which provides clear thought organization and leaves the reader thinking after each paragraph. Furthermore, he uses several quotes from his main character himself and…show more content…
Roger via his own quotes and the words of those who have direct experience interacting with him are used to make the story authenticated and believable, the authors way of leaving out his own personal analysis of Mr. Rogers allows for reader interpretation and makes the piece of writing as a whole better and more interesting. One of the many anecdotes provided by the author about people’s experiences with Mr. Rogers includes a woman exclaiming, “Oh, Mister Rogers, thank you for my childhood.” "Oh, Mister Rogers, you're the father I never had." "Oh, Mister Rogers, would you please just hug me?" (pg.1). It is clear from this account how people who have interacted with Mr. Rogers feel about him, and this is only one of many with the same praise and affection. However, at no point in the story does the author himself offer his own words of praise towards Mr. Rogers. Instead, he simply illustrates the events and his interactions with him on a strictly factual basis. After seeing Mr. Rogers through his entire day, Mr. Rogers says, "Well, Tom, I guess you've already gotten a deeper glimpse into my daily routine than most people have." (Pg.1). After this quote and all other stories like it: after Tom experiences Mr. Rogers helping a disabled boy, after Mr. Rogers walks away from a filming set, after Mr. Rogers repeats the same routine daily, the author ends the scenes there offering no analysis or personal opinion. This lack of author’s opinion is fitting in making this piece of writing good because of the title and implied intent of the article. The title itself is not definitive and allows for the read to decide if the protagonist is a hero. It clearly lays out examples that show Mr. Rogers in the best light, however, the author refrains from asserting Mr. Rogers is a hero, ultimately allowing the reader more freedom and room for personal interpretation of the
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