Rhetorical Analysis of Prison Culture and Ministry

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A Rhetorical Analysis of: A Stark Examination of Prison Culture and Prison Ministry A Stark Examination of Prison Culture and Prison Ministry, written by R N Ristad, was published in The Journal of Theology in 2008. A significant fact about this journal is the first hand experience its author was able to refer to while writing it. Due to his position inside prison walls as a minister for over thirty years, Ristad has spent a majority of his life studying exactly what goes on inside prison. The authors purpose behind the journal is clear, he wants to inform the public of the corruption and violence that occurs in prison. The first sentence of his journal states “There is a huge hidden Prison Industrial Complex that few know and that has rarely been exposed.” Ristad strives to show his readers the truth that occurs in prison and expresses his feelings about the way prisons are run throughout the entire journal. His passion about the subject is obvious to the reader and his concern is naturally expressed through his writing. He gears this paper told the general public. Specifically towards citizens that will do their part to make an impact on the prison system. Ristad realizes that nothing will be accomplished if he relies on officials to improve the system. He reaches out to the public by trying to involve them personally. He brings up key points such as the money that it costs them and the effects that it has on their children. Ristad makes a great argument, although he can sound bias and condemning at times, his argument is strong and supported. Ristad seems to have a very biased tone throughout the paper, although he makes and effort to cover it all up at the end of the paper by expressing his concern and love for the prisoners, and only wanting what is best for them. He writes about how the government is hiding what occurs behind prison walls. He accuses them

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