Analysis Of John Patrick Clark 's ' American Justice And Divine Mercy '

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In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” But what is justice? And what is mercy? How do these seemingly opposite counterparts work together? When does one take precedence over the other? Abraham Lincoln know the difference, he was faced with one of the biggest, if not the biggest debates of the history of the United States. Patrick Clark also takes on these questions. Patrick Clark encourages his reader to ask themselves, in his essay “American Justice and Divine Mercy: Thoughts on Osama bin Laden’s Death.” is it okay to celebrate justice? Because of the recent assassination of Osama Bin Laden, Patrick Clark brings up his discomfort with the president and the media celebrating that death. He effectively uses lists of his points, to emphasis and support his topics of most concern, effective rhetorical questions were asked to help the reader more fully see different perspectives, and Irony is used to show the reader that coincidences might not just be only coincidences. By numerically separating his points Patrick Clark effectively helps his readers follow all of his points, as well as understanding his passion that lead him to state his arguments in the first place. Using introductory phrases like, “Second, is it appropriate to feel at least feel a little uncomfortable with the primary meaning which our President (and the media) has attached to this momentous attack…” Mr. Clark was able set a certain…

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