Love The Right Chemistry Byoania Toufexis Analysis

In Anastasia Toufexis’ “Love: The Right Chemistry,” Toufexis uses 3 different types of diction. The first 2 ways she uses diction is to dehumanize our emotions about ourselves and the way we see love, only to personalize those same emotions in the end. The last way she uses diction is to build a sense of trust.
In the beginning, Toufexis uses diction to refine the way we see ourselves but ultimately changes this emotion in the end. She starts off by calling us “human species and mankind” (Toufexis 136). As a way to disassociate the way we feel about ourselves, as if we do not have souls. This idea is further advertised when Toufexis write “Less than 5% of mammals form rigorously faithful pairs. The human pattern has been monogamy with clandestine
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She initially uses words like “silly, senseless, and irrational” (Toufexis 136). These are not normal words used to describe love; more people see it as romantic not silly. By implementing these words it causes you to look at love in a different way, making you wonder is it irrational. Toufexis starts of her article by writing “O.K. let’s cut out all this nonsense about romantic love” (136). Recognize how she uses “nonsense” to describe the love we feel, furthering the idea that what people are looking for is pointless. Distinguishing our idea from what she wants us to feel, wanting us to believe that love is absurd. As the article develops Toufexis no longer uses such words to characterize love, shown when she writes “there is the sheer euphoria of falling in love” (138). Observe how she use no longer use words like “senseless” to describe love, but uses “falling” this word is a more common way to describe love, making it more personal. Allowing people who have ever fallen in love identify with the “sheer euphoria” she talks about. Bring forth the feelings that we may have already had about love, demonstrating how she starts of wanting us to separate our feeling from the article only to reinforce them in the …show more content…
This is conveyed first in the use of statistics exhibited when Toufexis writes “in today’s divorce statistics. In most of the 62 culture she has studied, divorce rates peak around the fourth year of marriage” (137). By her using numbers to prove her point, we believe in what she is saying because how could numbers lie. She also uses the specific number of cultures studied to continue to build this trust because several cultures are affected and not just one. The next way she builds up our faith in what she is saying is her usage of different chemical names, represented when Toufexis writes “they include dopamine, norepinephrine and especially phenylethylamine (PEA)” (138). These specific chemical names only shape our minds more to consider her statement as a truth because how could science be wrong. Most people do not even know what have these words mean, but because they are big and science base we would assume what she was saying is the truth without completely understanding what she is saying.
In the end Toufexis use diction three ways to effect how we see her article. First she uses it to remove our feeling about self and love only to incorporate those same feelings in the end. Then she uses diction to build her readers faith in what she is saying is the truth. Ultimately expressing that the words we choose to use affect the way people feel about what we are

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