Language Analysis - 'Pigeon Plague in Our Cities - Jo Bonella'

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Pigeon Plague in Our Cities – Jo Bonella The opinion piece ‘Pigeon Plague in Our Cities’ by Jo Bonella, affirms that the problem with feral pigeons in Australia is severed. The first argument the writer makes is that the pigeon is over populated in Australian cities. The numbers of pigeons are being presented, 60,000 in Melbourne and 50,000 in Perth. These statistics intend to shock the readers and create the readers’ awareness on how serious the issue is. By describing these numbers at the beginning of the text, the writer tries to draw the readers’ attention and to convince them to agree with other arguments the writer has made. There is a visual included to support this argument of his/her. In this we can see the birds crowded onto the power lines at a city corner. The low angle shot which looking over these birds who appear to be black messages the readers to feel threaten. The problems with having massive population of pigeons are being described by the writer as his second argument. He creates a very negative view of pigeons in his readers as he describe these ‘pests’ presence as a ‘plague’. By telling his readers about how the pigeons attract ticks, cockroaches and rats, he attempts to build an undesirable idea of the pigeon in the readers’ minds. Bonella also implies the inconvenience and harm that the citizens have faced. He explains this using the strongly negative terms such as ‘clogging’, ‘stumbling’ and slithering’ to put a clear image in the readers of the great impacts they have on people. These selected words build up the readers’ sense of fear as they will associate pigeons with danger and that would lead them to go against these ‘pests’ and agree on the writer have to say. Bonella asserts the way to reduce the population of the pigeon. He uses an expert opinion from Daniel Haag-Wackernagel, a famous Swiss biologist who says that the pigeons
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