The Pleasure Of Eating Wendell Berry Analysis

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Wendell Berry is centered on the topic of eating throughout the whole passage. The title itself reveals clearly that it is going to talk about the pleasure eaters could get out of eating. Eating is one of the most common things human beings do every day, but it seems that few people would seriously study the art of eating. Wendell Berry’s The Pleasure of Eating is such a passage focused on the simple action of eating and a series of things involved correspondingly. It aims to draw the public’s attention towards “eating” and have a refreshed knowledge of it. Therefore, the main claim is demonstrating how much pleasure people could obtain from eating by taking it seriously, rather than considering it a casual thing of everyday life of Eaters …show more content…
The major order is firstly present current problems with eating and then come up with suggested methods to deal with those problems. In order to make it less empty in arguments, Wendell Berry separately adds much supporting evidence in different parts to make them more persuasive. In the beginning, instead of rigidly leading in the argument, Berry starts with the question and answer to introduce the topic and then guide readers into the further discussion over the topic of eating. The lead-in is natural and impressive. He takes time narrating some inappropriate understanding towards eating and listing relevant evidence to reach resonance with readers. Gradually, solutions to the problems are naturally introduced along with the arguments. In the meanwhile, Berry has a great awareness of the opposing ideas. An analysis of double sides is more persuasive than explanation of a single one. For instance, in the start of the sixth paragraph “Perhaps I exaggerate, but not by much”, he clearly is conscious of what people might refute over his argument. That’s when he considers the opposing thoughts. By admitting the slight exaggeration, Berry better makes his arguments more impressive as it motivates readers’ interest to see how he is going to debate against the opposite side. The whole article is running smoothly and …show more content…
To extract pleasure of eating is the thesis, but he takes time foreshadowing it by gradually leading readers to the awareness of the relationship between eating and the land. All words, sentences and share of his personal experience are natural and persuasive. There are hardly terminological words appearing throughout the whole passage. Rather, the choice of simple words and sentence structure better appeal to readers, as they are more true to life to readers. Furthermore, the mild tone is a striking point. The leisure pace of telling reasons, listing facts, narrating causes and effects, and also the sharing of his real experience mutually increase the persuasiveness of the whole

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