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How effective is the Bhopal text as a piece of persuasive writing? What is your personal response to its key message?

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Unit 3: Language Coursework: Response to a text The Bhopal Disaster First Draft: 11/06/08 "How effective is the Bhopal text as a piece of persuasive writing? What is your personal response to its key message?" First of all I have to note that this Bhopal text is not an article, it is actually an advertisement and appeal to raise money for a cause. As seen on the bottom of the page there is a little box for people to donate some money for this cause and the text explains what it is for, which of course is the Bhopal disaster. When reading the Bhopal Text the first thing everyone notices is that image. The majority of people that text would draw are adults with children or just adults in general. This is due to; number one, its size, and two it is in the center of the page; but most importantly, it is an image of a dead child buried in the dirt, in which the head is only visible. Giving us the literal idea that this image is commanding to be heard by everyone, that this child, this fragile, defenseless child died in the most horrifying way and "the world ignored it". ...read more.


But when "no" is used repeatedly in front of the list of things. There is like a deeper meaning, a bigger impact "no help of any kind, no money, no proper medical care..." making the statement stick out, because is a negative statement; it is short but strong. Paragraph 7, "Even if you decided not to help us we want you to know about what's been happening..." This sentence is probably miss leading us, making us feel guilty for not helping, so we would end up donating something to this cause out of the guilt. "...the gas was pouring out over the stricken districts" the word pouring suggests continues spread of gas; like something never ending or something being poured by a container; in this case the factory was the container pouring out the toxic gasses into a sea of people. Paragraph 13 gives an imagery of their situation during the devastating event. "People lost control of their bodies... urine and faeces ran down their legs... vomiting uncontrollably... seizures... falling dead... drowned in their blood" It gives us the imagery of chaos and distress. ...read more.


The repetition of words, the imagery of what took place during the gas leak when one by one people dropped death for the gasses taking over their body, proves to be effective. The later event when people were having deformed children, cancer aroused from the toxic gas, was also persuasive because of the thought of the future children of these people would be effected, not just a one hit nightmare. There were even nightmares from the event ran through their minds, making them scared to sleep. Making it all more believable, the author included living victims of the Bhopal disaster. They gave their own experience of the event. This is more believable because they were actually there when it happened and they have the emotional & physical scaring to prove it. This is a good thing because it is primary source of evidence. Making the text more effective the author made expect criticism on the people who cause this calamity, who were the Union Carbide. The Author criticized their unlawful behavior, of not warning the people about the gas leak and than denying people help. How their cowardly behavior causes these people their live and other to live a normal healthy life. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kelly de Souza 009133 ...read more.

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