Tourism in Hawaii Essay

1389 Words Apr 8th, 2007 6 Pages
Paving Paradise American tourism to Hawaii has increased by 14.2 percent in just two years. This dramatic increase in tourism seems to be a beneficial boost for Hawaii's economy; however, the increasing rate of tourism is harming the native people of Hawaii. While the Hawaiian economy is experiencing one of its most fruitful years, the native Hawaiian people are suffering from job loss, poverty, depression, and an overall "cultural destruction" (Trask 260). Haunani-Kay Trask uses rhetoric to discuss these harmful effects in her essay "Tourist, Stay Home" in order to persuade her readers into believing that tourism can actually be a bad thing for an economy. On the other hand, in his article "Surf's Up for the Economy in Hawaii," Jim …show more content…
His credible tone keeps his audience from questioning the effects that tourism has on Hawaii. If his own credibility isn't enough to convince the reader, the source of this article is. The Wall Street Journal has been in circulation since 1889 and has been a reliable source for business and financial news ever since. The readers of this newspaper are loyal to the paper and it is highly unlikely the paper's readers would disagree with what is published inside the newspaper. Through reliability, Carlton effectively uses ethos in rhetoric to make his readers understand and accept his view on the issues of tourism in Hawaii. To every position, there is an opposition. One opposition of Carlton's article can be found in an essay written by Haunani-Kay Trask titled "Tourist, Stay Home." Born to natives of Hawaii, Trask holds an exceptionally different view of tourism in Hawaii. She takes a more emotional approach in arguing against the support of Hawaiian tourism. She develops her essay by first using personal pronouns. At the beginning of her essay, Trask speaks for Hawaii by using pronouns such as "we" and "us" (260). This proves that Trask feels connected to the state and therefore is more likely to be biased to the effects on tourism. The usage of personal pronouns takes away from the ethos of her argument, but she manages to make up for this by including a fair amount of pathos in her introduction paragraphs that make her readers listen to

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