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"Silent Spring" Literary Analysis. The passage taken from Rachel Carsons Silent Spring leaves a lasting impression about the importance of the environment and how human beings have had a solid impact

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Poison The passage taken from Rachel Carson's Silent Spring leaves a lasting impression about the importance of the environment and how human beings have had a solid impact on the welfare of birds and insects with the use of poisons. She uses a wide range of rhetorical devices to get her point across and to strike the emotion of guilt in her audience. Carson's book discusses the harmful effects poisons and pesticides have on innocent wildlife, and how authority figures have the power to let these things happen or prevent them. With the use of various stylistic strategies, Rachel Carson successfully manipulates her reader's emotions so that they see things how she sees it. ...read more.

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This type of writing style is called pathos. She continues to recount statistics of how many red-winged blackbirds and starlings had died due to these poisons, not including those that had not been recorded. Not only had she included pathos writing into her book, but logos as well, by providing backed up information for her argument. The use of these strategies invokes repulsion in the reader directed towards the deaths of so many innocent animals. It is at this point that Carson asks a rhetorical question-"And what of human beings?" Its use at the start of the third paragraph raises high concern for the well-being of the human race, further encouraging her audience to read on. ...read more.

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She has the audacity to question these choices. "Who has decided-who has the right to decide-for the countless legions of people who were not consulted that the supreme value is a world without insects, even though it be also a sterile world ungraced by the curving wing of a bird in flight?" According to the last sentence of the passage, Carson justifies that the decision is of the "authoritarian[s] temporarily entrusted with power," and have resolved an issue on their own out of pure selfish reasons. With her strategies used to manipulate her reader's emotions with logos and pathos, imagery, and rhetorical questions, Carson was able to effectively defend her view on the use of pesticides and poisons in natural settings. Not only had she done that, but she had also successfully put her blame on self-interested authority figures. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jonnah Pangilinan Period 1, AP English ...read more.

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