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Why Don't We Complain?
Transcript of Why Don't We Complain?
COMPLAIN? Persuasive/Argument Essay Introduction: Purpose is to get reader to accept the writers point of view on a specific topic
Constituted by arguments, specific examples and concrete evidence to support thesis
Counterarguments may be acknowledged in some argumentative essays
Contains five main parts: THESIS, CONTEXT, REASONS, OBJECTIONS AND RESPONSES Entanglement Questions Wisels focus is “indifference” List at least 5 of the descriptors he gave this term. Explain 3. Crime and Punishment
Good and Evil
Light and Darkness
Cruelty and Compassion
Dusk and Dawn Crime and Punishment: The crime being done is by the three categories: the killers, the victims, and the bystanders.
The punishment is the fact of having to kill innocent people and having the bystanders to just watch and not do anything about it. Good and Evil: Elie focuses on the evil side of indifference in his speech when he says “always the friend of the enemy, for it benefits the aggressor- never his victim, whose pain is magnified when he or she feels forgotten.”
When he says this he is showing his feelings towards the evil side by saying that indifference is always the friend of the enemy rather than the friend of the good
Uses examples such as Franklin Roosevelt as good Light and Darkness: Elie focuses on darkness in his speech when he says: "Over there, behind the black gates of Auschwitz, the most tragic of all prisoners were the "Muselmanner," as they were called......They feared nothing. They felt nothing. They were dead and did not know it."
Explains that the holocaust was a very dark time because so many lives were lost for no reason. Those lives can not be replaced and they are gone forever. Cruelty and Compassion: Indifference can be cruelty and it can be compassionate
Focuses on cruelty of indifference's
Discusses that people show the lack of concern for others in times of hardships, "Rooted in our tradition, some of us felt abandoned by humanity then was not the ultimate. We felt that to be abandoned by God was worse than to be punished by him."
Explains that even God has been cruel to them and they are not rewarded by His love EXPLAIN the relationship or connection between ENTANGLEMENT and INDIFFERENCE using references from the answers you have already provided about the speech. Elements of the Persuasive and Argument Essay 1. Thesis. Used to demonstrate the emphasis of the argument
Thesis must be strong, clear and concise
It must answer the question of the topic
Should take a stand or position
Thesis needs to show the conclusions of the topic
To provide a strong thesis, show that the subject is wide and there are counterarguments
Intrigues reader to read further into the essay 2. Alternate Viewpoints. 3. Location of Thesis. 4. Support your argument with concrete evidence. 5. Point out the probable outcome of accepting or not accepting your argument. There are other perspectives on your topic
Persuade your readers through effective claims and substantial arguments
Try to come up with an original, debatable perspective on your topic
Answers your critics even before they offer their counterarguments If argument is very wide spread and contains various point of views/ counterarguments where readers may object thesis should be in the end if thesis is in the end then the context before should really convince the reader
If point of view is strong and readers will agree then thesis may be placed in the beginning of the essay if thesis is in the beginning then the context after will support the thesis and make the argument much stronger
It is important to place the thesis strategically so it is effective in the essay and does not weaken the essay Means to use examples that are relevant, verifiable and concrete. It avoids using the "They say..." trap. Explain and show what would happen if they agree with your ideas and arguments or disagree
Should display how choosing the ideas and arguments that you wrote in the essay with benefit them in a positive way “I may be crazy, but I say there would have been lots more posters in a society where train temperatures in the dead of winter are not allowed to climb to 85 degrees without complaint. “ "The conductor had nonchalantly walked down the gauntlet of eighty sweating American freemen, and not one of them had asked him to explain why the passengers in that car had been consigned to suffer." “What happened was nothing. The movie ended, as it had begun just out of focus, and we trooped out, we stretched our faces in a variety of contortions to accustom the eye to the shock of normal focus.” Why Don't We Complain Questions 1. In taking to task not only his fellow Americans but also himself, does Buckley strengthen or weaken his charge that, as people, Americans do not complain enough? 3. As a whole, is Buckley's essay an example of appeal to emotion or reasoned argument or both? Conclusion: Overall, argumentative essays are used to persuade your readers into believing what you are writing about in your essay is true. It contains a necessary thesis and three main points to back up your arguments and it is important to mention about the other sides arguments as well. In the essay “Why don’t we complain” it is a good example because it contains all the necessary parts of an argumentative essay such as its many examples that the reader can relate to that will help to persuade the readers to believe in what he is saying and get them on his side rather than the opposing side of the argument.