Rhetorical Analysis Essay

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Elizabeth Salinsky Professor Blazer ENC 1101 71 October 16, 2013 “When They Get Out” Rhetorical Analysis Sasha Abramsky is all about the future and what is in store for the country when inmates are released. He puts his opinions into works in his 1999 article, “When They Get Out.” The way that he makes his point may come across as bias. Abramsky believes that punishing the inmates by putting them in very unpleasant conditions could be making them worse for when they get out. Abramsky is very opinionated in his article and fails to look into any side other than his own. Writing information that touches the reader emotionally, it feels as if Abramsky is trying to make the reader feel bad for the prisoners. Other than just providing an article full of guilt and sympathy, he delivers outside sources and statistics. Overall, I believe that Abramsky uses pathos in an unfair way, and finally logos and ethos in a smart and effective way. First off, in Sasha Abramsky’s, “When They Get Out,” Abramsky uses pathos and appeals to the reader’s emotions by painting a visual of the life of inmates in isolation. He says, “The inmates are often tormented by headaches. Many quite clearly can no longer focus their thought on anything. Some weep; others obsess” (198). By explaining what is happening to the inmates in isolation, Abramsky is reaching for sympathy out of the reader. If the reader were like me, they would have been sentimental and found this passage very uncomfortable. After all, the inmate did something to lock them up in the first place. I find this appeal unfair to the reader, because, if the reader is not educated in the prison system or aware of the reason the prisoner is locked up in the first place, they may feel differently towards the treatment of the prisoners, compared to basing their opinion off just Abramsky’s article. Secondly, Abramsky supports

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