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Analyse a newspaper article reporting on japanese whalers

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Introduction

The headline of the article "Japanese fleet sets off to hunt the whale that nearly died out" gives the reader of the article a negative view on the whalers as it suggests that what little amounts of the species that is left in the wild is being hunted by the whalers, the choice of words also could affect how the reader feels toward them, "sets off" may give the reader the impression that they are setting out immediately and the use of the emotive word "hunt" also gives the reader the impression that they are setting out to kill. The first paragraph of the article also known as the stand-first, it tells the reader in more detail what the article is about. The last line of this paragraph "the Japanese are now off to kill" is a very blunt line and it portrays the Japanese whalers as being thoughtless and mindless killers. ...read more.

Middle

Projection is used in this paragraph, McCarthy states that "It might well lead to direct clashes at sea between whalers and Greenpeace activists of the sort that electrified the world in the 1970's and 1980's, and eventually led to the 1986 moratorium," it may help the reader to think about the consequences of the whalers actions. Imagery is used "hurling themselves entirely clear of the water" it to gives the reader an impression of how amazing the creatures are and again helps the reader feel sympathy for the whales and the way they are being hunted down. The Japanese whalers are shown to be brutal towards the whales when McDonald writes "Japan ignores the moratorium, and has killed whales for years" could imply to the reader that they are ignoring any international sanctions put in place. The article could be seen to victimise the Japanese as they are not the only country to hunt for whales, it is also popular in Scandinavian countries Norway and Iceland but readers may feel ...read more.

Conclusion

This may persuade the reader to think that the whalers are cruel and do not care about the whales and their habitat. The choice of words is important in the article as they can change the reader's opinion of the article. The verb "thriving" gives the reader the impression that the whale-watching industry is busy and lively and that by hunting the whales the Japanese whalers are depriving the industry of trade. The article continues to make the whalers seem like criminals, "This whaling programme is stealing Japanese taxpayers, and robbing other countries of much needed tourist income" this may turn the reader against the whalers as the writer is, making them sound like criminals, using verbs like "stealing" and "robbing". The extract is more likely to be from a broadsheet newspaper than a tabloid as the language is formal, metaphors are used rather than puns, rhetorical questions are used, there are more complex sentences and infrequent use of elision. Overall the Japanese whalers are presented as being evil and inhumane in their pursuit of whales. ...read more.

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