Rhetorical Analysis : ' Malcolm Gladwell ' Essay

1222 Words Sep 16th, 2014 5 Pages
In his article, Malcolm Gladwell claims to understand how people become masters in a certain field; Gladwell believes a person must practice for 10,000 hours. His 10,000-hour rule receives criticism from other writers; Jared Sandman and David Bradley belong to this group of critics. Jared Sandman disagrees with Gladwell’s claim; instead, he challenges Gladwell’s claim by adopting the 500,000-word rule. The 500,000-word rule demonstrates a person’s writing career more quickly than the 10,000- hour rule. In contrast to Sandman, David Bradley considers Gladwell’s 10,000-hour rule a too small of amount of time to become an expert. In other words, he believes 10,000 hours is a good goal to reach, but a person must go beyond this point to really perfect his or her skills. In his articles, Sandman utilizes logic and his own personal experience to elicit a feeling of disproval towards Gladwell’s claim; whereas, Bradley relies on scientific data and his experience playing guitar to reveal that perfection may or may not occur. He wants his readers to be motivated, but he also wants them to realize that perfection may take an unattainable amount of hours. Bradley’s article more effectively supports his claim; Bradley incorporates outside sources, while Sandman relies on his own experiences and basic logic to defend his case. Both writers have the same intended goal; they wish to persuade their audience to agree with their claim. One way of accomplishing their goal is to cause the…

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