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Press Reaction to Harold Shipman We have been asked to look at how newspapers manipulate emotions we did this by looking at all of the most popular newspapers in the days following the sentencing of Harold shipman. Each of the papers have bold, punchy, layouts and articles that grab your attention with headlines like "Why did they let him go on?" and "Death of Trust" which is also metaphorical because Death can only happen to something living and Trust is not alive by definition. The Sun, Telegraph, Mirror, Daily Mail and The Times all have headlines that use bold, large type, which make it attractive to the eye. I have also noticed that the headlines leave out important information and therefore it becomes second nature to read on so that your mind can build up a picture of what went on, which could mean purchasing the newspaper which is the purpose of headline. The layouts are mainly divided into two groups the ones with one column and the ones with two, the single column newspapers ...read more.


One of the many devices used in writing to influence your emotions is alliteration this is an example from The Sun newspaper. "Harold Shipman betrayed that trust in a cold, calculating, wicked manner." The two words that use alliteration are cold and calculated they repeat the first two letters in the words this gives a strong Col and then Cal sound, I believe this is intended to try compel the reader to pay excessive attention to the implication of the words and then influence the emotions of the reader to by creating hatred towards Shipman, another example of alliteration which has a similar effect is this extract from the Express newspaper "Harold Shipman acted with an unparallel degree of cold calculation." The Sun newspaper used the phrase 'Cold, calculated, wicked manner' this is a perfect example of the linguistic device known as the rule of three, this is where three similar words or phrases are used in quick succession, this had the impact on me to read the passage perhaps two or three times, the device ...read more.


should of told his next employers of his background also they all recommend that closer checks on doctor should be made in the future. All the newspapers are influenced by different political agendas and some conflict happens in whether it was the government's fault for not looking in the system properly for loopholes like ones Shipman found. All of the newspapers have been effective in that they made feel very angry towards Shipman and the atrocities he committed and so the newspapers have affected my emotions and judgment, the way in which they did this was very professional and well presented with the different linguistic devices and very bold layouts. The newspapers made me feel angry because of the ways in which they described Shipman which was why the used so many words to describe him. All my findings point towards the fact that papers are very well adapted to playing with peoples emotions, this is why so many papers are sold, which in the end is the aim of the paper, to be sold. C+ ...read more.

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