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Explain the ways in which the two writers try to make you share their feelings and points of view.

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Introduction

Persuasive Techniques Explain the ways in which the two writers try to make you share their feelings and points of view. Both writers employ a variety of persuasive techniques to convey their feelings to the reader. They argue their points of view and adopt different methods to persuade the reader to share these opinions. This is done using different rhetorical devices - emotive language, rhetorical questions, and lots of repetition, when coupled with assonance, alliteration, and evidence, make both these pieces very persuasive. Rhetorical questions are the most common way that the writer of 'Watching and watching me' influences his reader. He uses them to convey humour, doubt, sarcasm, and also guilt. ...read more.

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Another technique, which Mandela uses very often, is repetition. In almost every paragraph Mandela chooses a word or phrase which he repeats in order to emphasise his points of argument. 'crime to be unemployed ... crime to be employed ... crime to live in certain places and a crime to have no place to live.' This is also a very good example of antithesis as it shows two examples of extreme opposites. Irony is a technique that appears in both passages. In Mandela's extract he outlines the difficulties of working in South Africa. He ironically contrasts the 'marble statues of justice' with the unjust working conditions and racial inequality. ...read more.

Conclusion

In both pieces there is a lot of true accounts, numbers, and pieces of information. In the first article the author includes the fact that there are '100,000 computers are checked by the police national computer every day' to support his claim that 'even in your car you are not safe'. Mandela uses his own recollections to support his argument. 'I recall once defending an African woman ...' he starts one of his paragraphs - this displays to people the reality of what Mandela is persuading them about. Generally, both the article and Mandela's extract go about very efficiently persuading their readers to adopt their points of view. However, they do this in two very different ways. The former with lots of facts, humour, and rhetorical questions. The later with repetition, recollections, and a serious approach. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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