Rhetorical Analysis The Supreme Court Says Differently

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Rhetorical Analysis I will be analyzing, "The Supreme Court Says Again: Juveniles Are Different”, a 7 paragraph article written by the Editorial Board and published to the New York Times on January 25, 2016. In discussions of The Supreme Court’s repeated ruling over the last decade, it has become a controversial issue that it is morally and constitutionally wrong to equate offenses committed by emotionally undeveloped adolescents with crimes carried out by adults. While some argue that no matter what age, if a person where to do something so cruel, for example, kill someone, they should be entitled to life in prison. The subject caught the eye of the Editorial Board on Monday, January 25, when The Supreme Court ruled again that people …show more content…
The board, which operates separately from the newsroom, proceeds on the presumption that serious, non-partisan, intellectually honest engagement with the world is a requirement of good citizenship. Like other articles written by the Times’ editorial board, the anticipated audience of the article is the public or anyone who has access to the New York Times. I see that the occasion and forum of writing affects the argument in a positive way. Without the authors leaning toward their own opinion, the reader is forced to take in the facts given and form their own thoughts and opinions, as to reading and taking in someone …show more content…
The genre of this article is of course editorial, hence it is written by the “Editorial Board” of the New York Times. Being that the article is an editorial, a reader expects lots of directly stated facts. Editorials do not beat around the bush, they simply state what is needed to be said, as well as bring it in other past information relative to the topic. The authors of the editorial board represent themselves as qualified and very experienced writers. The authors do have some credentials as an authority of the topic of juveniles being able to seek parole. One being that the New York Times has posted many articles centering on the same subject, and two being that the information comes straight from the source, making the article very trusting. Logos is a major factor used in the configuration of this article. As I have previously mentioned, the author uses past court cases around the U.S. as facts and evidence of juveniles who have faced life in prison. Some examples given were dealing with a young adult who spent time in jail from the time were a young adult to the time they were a dying old being. Some luckily were looked at as a juvenile who has their whole lives to correct and learn from their criminal mistakes. There are also a few quotations stated within the article one being the opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, disagreed,

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