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Sweatshop Slavery

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'SWEATSHOP SLAVERY' In the article, "SWEAT SHOP", the writer, Sarah Strickland tackles the constantly worrying subject of 'sweatshop slavery'; workers being exploited to work for clothes-making companies. The main aim of the piece is to put across the plight of these people. The layout is simple, but effective, with an informative but meaningful sub-headline of "Gap short cost �28, but the hard labour..." which sums up the whole article. "SWEAT SHOP" is a bold title, depicting again simply what the article is about. The message at the end about "protecting" the names of workers is also quite influential on the opinions of the readers, instilling in them the fact that these workers aren't meant to be talking about their conditions, as something dishonest is going on. The beginning paragraphs are very descriptive, and set the scene, laying out for you exactly the kinds of situations the workers are living, such as "the daunting 7ft-high metal gate" depicted. ...read more.


Also the fact "they'd get fired" if they "told the truth" would increase suspicion and doubt in the minds of readers, towards the big companies. The mundane regularity of these jobs also are driven home, and the unfairness of the females workers who are "worse off". Strickland gradually builds up to quotes from influential people to back up what she has been saying. Facts form an important factor in the article for it to be made believable, for instance the leader of one of Cambodia's Opposition parties saying there is "little" improvement, and that "many of the changes are cosmetic", meaning it's surface developments - changes to make the company look good. A more balanced argument from the writer comes in the form of her concurring that improvements have been made, and she notes these down. The argument is well-researched, with quotes even from a chairman of the Garment Manufacturers Association, in which a balanced argument is made. ...read more.


It makes the image easier to envisage. There is also a little describing of simple things, such as the "brightly coloured jackets" which I think are placed in that sentence to add contrast to the other dull images surrounding it, such at the "muddle, pot-holed alley". The fact the jackets are even brightly coloured seems quite conspicuous. The writer goes to great pains with her vocabulary to emphasise the circumstances. An enormous amount of imagery is also used, along with surprising factual information. Describing the workers as "cowed" is a pitying image that goes straight to you, understandably. It implies the spirits of the workers are beaten; they are low in spirits, and it is due to their employers, and the "investors" that use them. I conclude the article is very persuasive in its use of language, and the best tactics used are shock-tactics, and dreadful images the descriptions of circumstances conjure up. It is certainly one to make the least pensive of people think and be at least a little angry at the companies. Nichola Halliday ...read more.

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