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The Editorial featured in The Sunday Mail on 6 February 2008. The editors point of view in this editorial is that too many people are ignoring speed limits in school zones, and they should be punished;

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Introduction

The Editorial selected for commentary is titled "School speed zones must be adhered to". The Editorial featured in The Sunday Mail on 6 February 2008. The editor's point of view in this editorial is that too many people are ignoring speed limits in school zones, and they should be punished; as such, the reader is positioned to agree with this point of view. The editor is successful in persuading the reader to agree with their point of view via the effective use of writing techniques such as statistics and emotive language. ...read more.

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. The editor's use of emotive language fulfills their purpose of eliciting a strong response from the reader and it's effect on the reader is to make them empathise with the editor's point of view. The editor successfully employs the use of statistics to position the reader to accept that people speeding in school zones should be punished. The editor utilises this literary technique to add authority to their argument, and to convey to the reader exactly how big the issue of speeding in school zones is. ...read more.

Conclusion

In addition to highlighting the instances of speeding, the editor wishes to convey the attitudes of these 'thoughtless' drivers. This is achieved with the following statistic, "...one in eight had done so [exceeded the speed limit] deliberately". The editor successfully shows that drivers who are exceeding the speed limit are numerous and thoughtless. The use of statistics in this editorial successfully positions the reader to accept that people who speed in school zones are careless and deserve to be punished mercilessly. In addition to their use of statistics, the editor successfully manipulates emotive language to convince the reader to accept their point of view. ...read more.

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