Essay Outliers, By Malcolm Gladwell

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In “Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell attempts to prove to his audience that their idea behind how success is attained in the United States is considerably different than what many Americans would like to think. In America many people believe in the concept of a hard-working individual pulling themselves up by their bootstraps and earning their success through dedication and talent. Gladwell attempts to prove while individual efforts are a big role in success, theses outliers would have never been as successful as they are without luck and opportunity. Throughout “Outliers,” Gladwell points out certain key opportunities that arose in the lives of many successful people and argues that these rare and exceptional opportunities are the reasons behind people’s success. While analyzing multiple stories of success, to persuade his readers into agreeing with his opinion on success, Gladwell incorporates the use of multiple logical fallacies that throw his entire perspective on success into question. Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” is a book about how having enough foresight to take advantage of opportunities, not simply hard work and talent, can lead to real success. This idea that success relies on opportunity resonates well with educated people of the middle-class. The audience for this book is less likely to be the working class or the elite class because neither have any reason to believe, or care about, what Malcolm Gladwell has to say on the topic of success. People reading…

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