An Animal's Place Analysis Paper

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Tuan Le Eng 1301 Class: M-W (10 – 11:30) March 15, 2013 An Animal’s Place There is no doubting the fact that animals do not have rights in the conventional sense, or in any other sense for that matter. The reason is because they are not moral agents; they cannot do things out of a sense of right or wrong and cannot reason, as opposed to humans. Without reasoning, they are unable to have rights and therefore, are not responsible. In “An Animal’s Place”, Michael Pollan points out the issue of whether or not it is right to consume animals. He goes to great lengths to research this topic to find a reason to eat meat. He does a great job supporting his opinion that we should be able to eat animals, by using narrative, compare and contrast, and exposition. Not only did his thesis recognize the problem of animal cruelty but, it also proposed a solution which strengthened his article. In the very beginning of “An Animal’s Place”, Pollan introduces the reader to a narrative, which will encompass most of his work. “The first time I opened Peter Singer’s ‘Animal Liberation,’ I was dining alone at the Palm, trying to enjoy a rib-eye steak cooked medium-rare. If this sounds like a good recipe for cognitive dissonance, that was sort of the idea” (par 1). By the use of this technique Pollan is attempting to attract the reader into his piece. This use of narrative also sets a conversational tone to the article. This helps Pollan’s thesis since it fortifies the personal connection between the reader and the article by making the reader understand his point in the most coherent terms instead of terms a scientific expert would use. Pollan’s use of narrative shows that the support for his thesis doesn’t only consist of secondary sources but also of personal experience. Pollan also uses compare and contrast between humans and animals to further justify his thesis. Singer’s

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