Analysis Of Joy Williams Save The Whales, Screw The Shrimp

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Joy Williams “Save the whales, Screw the Shrimp” is ultimately only partly successful because, while it has reasonable ethos and logos and is a good example of expository text, the author seems to place too much blame on the reader that today’s culture has all but entirely lost touch with what nature really is.
Throughout the text, Williams uses a variety of rhetoric devices to make her writing more effective. Logos, ethos, pathos, style, tone, audience, and mode are used in a way that seems to give readers the impression that she has authority over them. In the source of “History and Humans/rest of nature”, it’s been said that humans respond to change and in turn feed the climate. If humans can understand the past through assembling “regional
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Many readers such as I don’t think she is credible to be writing on an environmental issue. Joy has a Bachelor of Arts degree studying English, art, music, and language. She has no more credibility on the issue she’s talking about than I would have. Another reason why she doesn’t do a great job of appealing to ethos is her insulting stance on shrimpers, ranchers, consumers, and farmers industries which tends to push basically everyone away from the essay and hurts the respect of the author from the reader’s point of view. With Williams appeal to logos and ethos being reasonable, her appeal to pathos is quite possibly her best rhetoric …show more content…
Much like the article “A whale’s story” the declining population of belugas is due to the fact that there being hunted and their natural habitats are being destroyed by chemicals and pollution being dumped into the ocean. In the article it explains how the belugas (just like the wales and shrimp) are facing challenges because of the effects caused by humans. The author uses second person to make the reader feel blamed and guilty as if the readers alone are solely responsible for the destruction of the environment. As the article “Ignoring Nature” explains along with what Williams is trying to say. We live in a world that is wounded, a world that is in dire need of change and healing. The article goes on to say that many humans believe they can do anything without consequence and that they love nature, but then go on to abuse them in a multitude of ways. The appeal to pathos in the essay is very well positioned which supports her claims by connecting readers on an emotional

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