Rhetorical Analysis Of ' I Am Adam Lanza 's Mother ' Essay

1375 Words Dec 10th, 2016 6 Pages
Cale Winwood
Professor Ed Luter
English 1301-81033
2 November 2016
A Rhetorical Analysis of “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother” by Liza Long
In “I am Adam Lanza 's Mother,” the author, Liza Long’s purpose is to shift the nation’s attention away from other topics to mental health in the wake of a national tragedy because there are many potentially dangerous people suffering from undiagnosed mental illnesses in our society. She does this by sharing her experiences of raising a mentally ill child to the reader and by using rhetorical techniques such as appeals to ethos, pathos, and logos.
Long gains the reader’s attention in the beginning with an appeal to ethos by sharing several violent experiences she has had raising her 13-year-old son. She initially gains the reader’s attention by mentioning Adam Lanza and the Sandy Hook shooting. This was a great technique since she posted this article shortly after the tragedy occurred. People at the time were still hungry for information and were willing to read nearly anything somewhat related to the topic. She then shares a previous experience where her son got a knife and threatened to kill her and himself after he was asked to return his overdue library books. Her son was eventually detained by the police, sent to the mental hospital, and sent home later that day with medication that didn’t help. This also helps to gain the reader’s attention as people are fascinated with violence and morbidity in an “if it bleeds, it leads” type of way.…

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