Plastic Pink Flamingos Essay

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Jennifer Price uses tone, irony, and sarcasm in “The Plastic Pink Flamingo” as her rhetorical devices to reveal her view on not only flamingos, but also culture. She engages her audience and this causes them to continue reading. There are deep issues that Jennifer Price addresses in her essay such as consumerism and the materialistic society. She calls these issues to her audience’s attention by speaking of the less serious plastic, pink flamingos. Price criticizes the United States culture by juxtaposing the seriousness of a nation bouncing back from depression with the quirky nature of the flamingo. Price uses a critical tone, exciting diction, and understatements to contrast real flamingos from the plastic ones that society had become obsessed with. Her desired effect is to show how detached man is from nature. The diction such as “splashed” and “staked” is used well to excite readers. Price is critical when saying “pink” and “ironic” to show how ridiculous she believes the flamingos are. She uses understatements when speaking of how the flamingos were once hunted to extinction, which also can be seen as irony. Jennifer Price carefully uses these rhetorical devices to reveal to her audience that the time period of the pink flamingos was not appropriate in her eyes. Price uses irony and sarcasm when she says “no wonder that the subtropical species stood out so loudly when Americans reproduced it, brightened it, and sent in wading across and inland sea of grass.” She does this to condemn the people of that time. Price uses irony to mock the flamingos, which causes readers to clearly see from her point of view. The comparison of flamingos to other cultural symbols is used to show that flamingos are seen as a sense of hope. While Price ridicules the way Americans viewed flamingos, she also shows how flamingos helped them through rough times since

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