Summary Of Richard Louv's Last Child In The Woods

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Technology is the leading factor to the separation of family, the relation of friends, the connection of nature. Author, Richard Louv, in his novel, Last Child in the Woods, argues that the leading factor of the separation of people and nature is by the use of technology. Louv builds up his argument by implying the credibility of New York State University, incorporating rhetorical questions, creating imagery; furthermore, Richard Louv includes humor in his writing in order to persuade the audience that people and nature are gradually drifting apart.

Including the ethos of well-known people, or a group of people, convinces the audience to believe the author’s claims. Richard Louv uses the appeal of ethos, and the purpose of this decision
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The appeal of humor is pathos, and the purpose to include this device is to reach the most audience. People always love to laugh; Louv includes humor towards the end to leave the audience thinking about the consequences technology has on the separation of people and nature. He starts the ending by saying how in the future adults would say to their grandchildren that they “...actually looked out the car window. In our useful boredom, we used our fingers to draw pictures on the fogged glass…” (Louv, 61-63). Louvs explains the situation that may possibly occur to every American adult. Pathos is created by true aspect of Louv’s words. What Richard Louv claims will be true, and the feeling of pathos leads to the humor created. The audience thinks it is funny how they will be able to relate to Louv’s words. Majority of the audience will agree with Richard Louv’s argument of technology separating people and nature because humor appeals to everyone in America. The appeal of pathos is established by the feeling of the need to laugh because of the humor in the ending. Louv leaves the audience to ponder about his argument that convinces the audience of his

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