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The Passive Killer - Newspaper Article Analysis

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Introduction

The Passive Killer This newspaper article is aimed at everybody. The headlines are large, emboldened and eye-catching. The language is statistical and emotive. It is written in pyramid writing and there is a picture of a woman, whose age is vague, smoking a cigarette with fumes surrounding her. The paragraphs are short, simple and easily digestible. The headline is very dramatic because passive can usually mean that it is not harmful but the very next word is 'killer'. It is a paradox. This immediately peaks our interest. Just below the headline there is a short but bold and underlined sentence, which is emphatic because the word order has changed. The last word is confirm which means that the sentence is a solid, concrete fact. ...read more.

Middle

So by this point everyone is said to be affected and no one can relax. The word 'victims' is used to describe babies and this not only emphasizes the need to protect a child but also makes the smoker feel guilty at the same time. At the foot of the page there are two boxed texts with their own headlines that stand out. The title, 'the price they pay' is capitalised and very snappy. It is an expression commonly used to describe criminals. There is also alliteration for effect. There is also that picture which is black-out-of-white. In the box are two separate columns one for the 'passive smoker' and one for the 'smoker' himself. There are at least six bullet points following with straight facts. ...read more.

Conclusion

What follows are four paragraphs informing us how terrible smoking in public places is and makes it sound somewhat like a crime. The reporter says that smoking should not be allowed in 'public service buildings and on public transport' but as this comment reported it is a bit biased. In the penultimate paragraph, it says that the tobacco industry should hang its 'corporate head in shame'. The word corporate suggests that they only care about making money instead of saving peoples lives. And at the very end, the word 'but' is used to tell how someone professional did not agree because he argued that the report was 'weak' and 'inconclusive'. Even though this is a very important piece of information, it is only included in the report as a little 'but'. In conclusion, I think that this report would scare a lot of people because of the statistical language even though it is a bit exaggerated. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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