On Laziness Essay

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Lethargy has never been a praiseful factor. Mankind has looked down upon those who’ve shown apathy in comparison of those who've started and created a life with diligence. Christopher Morley, an American journalist, essayist, and novelist, writes a piece that contradicts all such beliefs of hard work in his essay, “On Laziness.” Morley praises the consequences that come from the benefits of indolence. We all just want to drop everything, and live a life stress-free from work and school, but we know how guilty that would feel. Morley implies that his audience leaves their strenuous lives and take a break once in awhile. To do what you ask. Nothing, nothing at all. Morley presents his subject to the audience in the amicable tone. His purpose in writing this essay is to persuade the reader that laziness is beneficial to those that possess it, and to a society as well. Morley uses the style of sentence structure, rhetorical strategies, and allusions to achieve his purpose. Morley’s use of sentence structure plays a significant role in his essay. It creates an effective style to achieve his purpose. He inputs the use of compound sentences. “We have been hustling about for a number of years now, and it doesn't seem to get us anything but tribulation.” Morley uses the compound sentence to show the reader that not only have we been working our butt’s off for years, but that even after all those years it has only brought us one thing, misery. Compound sentences can exaggerate an idea. They link ideas together to describe something in more depth. This sentence goes deeper into the meaning of indolence, and how leathery isn’t always such a “bad” idea. He uses clauses as well. The use of short sentences is also implied here. “Alas, that was a mere quibble. Laziness is always dignified. It is always respectful. Philosophical laziness, we mean.” Short sentence get Morley’s point

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