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Compare and contrast the two articles, focusing on the presentational devices and the language. Are the articles a true representation of modern, ‘urban’ life?

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"Compare and contrast the two articles, focusing on the presentational devices and the language. Are the articles a true representation of modern, 'urban' life?" FIRST DRAFT The aim of this essay is to compare and contrast the two newspaper articles. The first is entitled 'Young, bored and pregnant', and the second is called 'Nightmare in the playroom'. These articles shall be referred as Article one and Article two respectively. Both the articles are based about the subject of teenage pregnancy, and its role in society. The audience for both articles one and two are teenagers who are just sexually maturing or parents who will be faced with teenagers. The author of both the articles is trying to make the point that teenage pregnancy is to blame for - as mentioned in article one - "urban Britain's moral freefall". They both use facts, opinions and persuasive and emotive language to get the reporters point across. ...read more.

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Three in a hundred women are only 3 percent and as a result, this is a substantially insignificant number. Nevertheless, the article does make use of the reporters, and other people's opinions as well as facts. Mentioned in the article are the dolls that are equipped with computer chips, to "simulate baby habits to emphasise the realities of motherhood". The leader of this (the Tudor project) says, "Perhaps there is a failure at schooling level - maybe we need a greater emphasis on the pains of teenage conception". This seems to be an opinion that the reporter shares with the Tudor leader. Both of the articles, being based on the same theme are, inevitably, very similar In article two, the report is based mainly around opinion. Article two starts off by explaining the situation and then recalling past experiences of the same thing. It then goes on to make a very valid point - "The 12 year old mum-to-be from Rotherham confide in her mother, only 26 herself (a distressing but typical arithmetic in these cases) ...read more.

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In article two, the subheading is "The child-parents of Yorkshire are without shame - or hope" This is just an opinion, and as a result of the wording, comes across as a generalisation, because this is a prejudiced approach towards the situation, when he is not fully informed. In my opinion, the articles are not a true reflection of modern city life, as I have said before, the facts show an insignificant amount of teenage pregnancies compared to other problems which contribute to the moral decline of Britain today. However, the reporters are biased towards a certain opinion, and this is reflected in the articles. The writers of the articles try to convey their opinion that there is no hope or future for anyone that is born into a young family, or born in a built up 'urban' area. This is ridiculous because there is just as much chance of a decent future for anyone no matter where they are born. ...read more.

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