Rhetorical Analysis Of Ellen Goodman's The Company Man

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The Company Man- Rhetorical Analysis Essay Author Ellen Goodman writes with parallelism, contrasting syntax between short, precise sentences and lengthy sentences, impersonal, business diction, and selection of detail to illustrate her pity, anger and annoyance towards Phil in “The Company Man.” Goodman begins the passage with “he worked himself to death, finally, and precisely, at 3:00 am Sunday morning.” She repeats this sentence three times throughout the passage, emphasizing Phil’s death as she constantly reminds herself of the facts. This in turn shows her frustration towards Phil by her overwhelming sentences leaning towards her point of anger. Goodman is also keen on the amount of detail put into the passage. The anecdotes about Phil’s wife and children add emotional effect on the reader. It shows what a poor and miserable life Phil shared with his family. This sense of pity is illustrated through Goodman’s specifically worded phrases such as when Phil’s “dearly beloved” eldest son asks his neighbors what his father was like and the “embarrassment” it caused. When Phil’s daughter “has nothing to say” to each other, and how his third son “only board here.” Phil’s consumption of his work overshadowed the love of his family and friends.…show more content…
She writes short and precise phrases to describe Phil’s lifestyle and how “he always ate an egg salad sandwich at his desk.” It shows Goodman’s annoyance towards Phil by poking fun of him. When writing about his relationship to his family, Goodman uses long phrases separated by hyphens and commas. “The youngest is twenty, a boy, a high school graduate who has spent the last couple years, like a lot of his friends, doing odd jobs to stay in the grass and food.” The difference in the style of syntax mirrors Phil’s straightforward, blunt approach to life verses the intricate nature of life according to

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