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'Show how language us used by the write to persuade.'' A Tragic Gamble' Sunday Herald Sun,

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MEDIA ANALYSIS 'Show how language us used by the write to persuade.' 'A Tragic Gamble' Sunday Herald Sun, 9/2/03 In the article, 'A Tragic Gamble' (Sunday Herald Sun, 9/2/03) the writer firmly states that gambling is detrimental and therefore the government should act to curb the problem. Juxtaposition is employed to draw parallels in the issues. colloquialism is also employed. The use of familiar language ensures that readers clearly understand the arguments raised. The writer also uses imagery to evoke vivid images in the reader's minds. Through the demanding yet accusing tone of the article, the writer aims to create uneasiness in the reader's mind in order for the proposition to curtail the gambling industry is accepted. ...read more.


Through juxtaposition between conflicting ideas, the writer has positioned the reader to feel uneasy and see that curtailment is necessary. Through the use of colloquialism, the writer positions the reader to understand the article more easily, since it is familiar, friendly accessible language. The description of Australia's first casino as the 'thin edge of the wedge' shows the use of down-to-earth language. A wedge can be described as an isosceles triangle, where the angle gradually increases in size. The writer relates the gambling industry to this, because when the first casino was opened at Wrest Point in Hobart nobody thought anything of it. But as time progressed, the problem has increased dramatically the image being shorthand for a lengthy description. ...read more.


Through the production of word paintings, the writer positions the reader to visualise the By creating word paintings, the reader has a better understanding of the idea if they can visualise it. Through the use of several techniques such as juxtaposition, colloquialism and imagery the writer has argued a convincing debate. The writer employs juxtaposition to draw the reader's attention to contrasting ideas. This invites the reader to feel unsettled. The use of commonly known language and phrases, such as 'stop the rot', engage readers because they are able understand the language, which is recognisable. If the reader is able to visualise the images the writer is presenting, then it is more likely that the reader will support the notion that government should act to limit gambling. The writer of 'A Tragic Gamble' (Sunday Herald Sun, 9/2/03) contends that gambling is a blight and the government should curtail it. ...read more.

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