Language Analysis Smacking

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The controversial issue over smacking children has divided many parents among today’s society. Julia Thornton argues in her opinion piece, ‘A lack of smack is behind the attacks,’ and justifies in an assertive tone that smacking is acceptable in order to teach children discipline. In an informal style the article is targeted at all mothers and fathers. Appealing to the same audience, Susie O’Brien’s article ‘Smacking kids is not the solution as it does not help,’ contends against Thornton’s argument on the issue. Using an informal structure and generally rational tone the writer is opposed to smacking children stating that ‘it does not help’. In a colloquial tone, Thornton begins her opinion piece by justifying her reasons for smacking her children by stating that she does not want a child who ‘disrespects adults’, ‘bites, pokes [their] tongue out’ and a child who ‘keeps nagging to get [their] own way’ which makes the audience feel empathy towards the writer. The writer repeats the phrase ‘I don’t want’ to emphasize her point that she does not want a child who is disrespectful. Repetition is used in Thornton’s argument to capture the readers attention while making her viewpoint clear. The writer goes on to argue that ‘discipline isn't always easy for parents’ and that is is easy to let their ‘little misdemeanors’ go unnoticed. According to the writer, it is the parent’s responsibility to teach their children discipline and raise them as ‘good citizens’. With her use of repetition, Thornton makes it clear that smacking children is acceptable. Thornton’s argument is further strengthened through her use of anecdotes. She describes a personal situation that occurred while she was in the supermarket where a young boy in a trolley grabbed a chocolate at the checkout. She goes on to explain that she looked at the boy and shook her head forcing him to put it back. She
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