Essay 3 Sample

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Matthew Williams
Professor Vagnoni
ENC 1101
5 December 2013
Multilingualism or Not?
Today in America, there is a raging debate going on: should we promote multilingualism or accept a "melting pot" ideology? The melting pot ideology dictates assimilating into a common culture and language. Views on this issue are very polarized, which make a compromise seem hard to accomplish. Two articles that pertain to this topic are "American
Multilingualism: A National Tragedy," by Franklin Raff published on, and "English
Only Laws Divide and Demean," by Warren J. Blumenfeld published in The Huffington Post.
Both articles are direct contradictions of each other with Raff saying languages other than
English are unduly practiced and
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He proclaims that America should embrace its rich diversity and shed its "melting pot" ideology if it is to become a beacon to the world.
Warren Blumenfeld in his attempt to gain the support of his readers employs the use of appeals to emotions and values. In his retelling of his encounter with his cousin he seeks to make
Americans, including himself, feel as though they have not done enough to embrace linguistic diversity. By doing this he is able to make Americans feel that they should work assiduously to overcome this rather true stereotype. He also speaks of the extent American society will go to eliminate other languages, including campaigns by political leaders and proposition of laws. By highlighting these details and framing them in such a way that depicts them as promoting ignorance, Blumenfeld is able to gain the readers' support. To show just how serious and credible his claim is, Blumenfeld then identifies that he has started a petition, which encourages readers to a call to action. To then gain the readers' sympathy Blumenfeld uses an experience from a friend who as a child was castigated for speaking Spanish. This experience causes readers to be appalled that in their society, people, especially children are being chastised because of their cultural differences. The highpoint of Blumenfeld's argument is introduced near the end when he begins to speak about the founding

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