Analysis Of Bernard Hare's 'Poverty Is A State Of Mind'

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England is one of the central countries when we speak about the difference between wealthy and poor people. We see a cultural change in the modern society, which leads us to a bigger change on the social inequality. Due to struggle with poverty, England may be one of the most visible in Europe because its split into two parts, wealthy vs. poor.
In the text "Poverty is a state of mind", Bernard Hare tells us about his life with poverty in the town Leeds, and how his family struggled with finances but despite that living a great life and being proud of their ability to pay their own way through life. His father worked as a coal miner while the mother was a shop worker in a department store. Both were on low wages, but still proud of life. However
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Bernard's life is full of poverty and social mobility, so it is obvious for him to use that as an example to get his message across. He uses rhetorical technique ethos immensely. By using experiences of his own life, he can back up his arguments that make him seem more trustworthy and therefore it becomes easier for him to persuade the reader. An example can be seen when he argues that social mobility is difficult for someone who is born poor "I had escaped poverty (...) A Year later I was plunged right back into poverty again." (p. 3 l. 170-175). His experience is also used, as the story progresses, to come up with new claims that originate in his experiences. This can be seen clearly at the very end of the essay. Here, he talks about how his father and his colleagues socialized and had some fun even though they were poor and beaten. This makes him conclude that poverty is in the mind of the person. Bernard uses contrast, and mainly does so, to show the difference between the old poverty that he experienced as a child and the new one where he uses the young kids as an example. The poverty that he experienced as a child was in his eyes much happier than the one today. People looked out for each other, and there was a sense of trust among the poor neighbors of the 60's Leeds. Today drugs and despair are the daily life of the poor, and absolute poverty is a fact in Britain. This means that as a contrast to the 60's the poorest are all alone. By using this contrast, Bernard underlines his message that even though his father was poor physically he was socially rich in opposite to today where the poor are both poor in the body and mind. By his messages with examples, he gets a stronger appeal, and this makes him seem more honest and

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