Rhetorical Devices In On The Streets

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On the Streets The topic of homelessness is one that is regarded very differently in various people’s perspectives. It is often overlooked because people dislike seeing people in dreadful conditions but they are too egotistic to do anything about it. Sadly, instead of people taking an initiative to solve the issues that cause homelessness, they resort to police to force out the homeless or arrest them in order to make areas spotless for the wealthy. People can also fail to empathize with the homeless because they pity or fear them. In order to glean from the articles the best knowledge one would need to compare and contrast the author’s perspectives, tone and audience, and Biblical relation. The perspectives of the various authors significantly …show more content…
Barbara Ascher unequivocally showed the use of brilliant diction in her essay. Her opening sentence was the attention grabbing line, “The man’s grin is less the result of circumstance than dreams or madness.” Ascher used vivid descriptions like this throughout her story which helped lure readers to her intended conclusion about encouraging compassion. Rhetorical devices were also visible in Aaron Cantu’s article about the criminalization of homelessness. Specifically, Cantu wrote, “removing and jailing the homeless to make way for condos, organic juice bars and boutique pet stores.” This statement helped progress the article against the unneeded arrests of homeless because it seems to trivialize and mock the wealthy that push inconvenient people out of their way to establish profitable “organic juice bars.” Cantu also brought up specific cases of homeless who were jailed unreasonably often; such as one grandmother who was arrested fifty-nine times in six years for living in public. Cantu used a case such as this is to stir up pity that might motivate readers to make some effort to right the controversy of criminalizing homelessness. Ellen Eldridge used similar tactics in her article that exposed cities for passing ordinances that underhandedly were intended to get rid of the homeless. Throughout her article she used examples just like Cantu did to motivate sympathy or anger against the unfair ordinances. She also brought up how unnecessary arrests cost tax payers lots of money which always triggers people to stand up to have their tax dollars better used. Contrasting with the uses of language in the writings of the previous authors, Lars Eighner used more positive diction to accurately show the life of a homeless person. Instead of striving to get people to pity the homeless as if they were are all pathetic creatures

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