Rhetorical Analysis On Teenagers and Tattoos

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The article, “On teenagers and Tattoos”, written by Dr. Andres Martin, is an expository piece examining the motivation, significance and function of tattoos for teenagers. Dr. Martin explains that by understanding the reasons or motivations behind tattoos, adults and parents can better understand and get to know their children. The audience that Martin is trying to address is not only families that disagree with their teenagers having tattoos, but is also addressing the adults who tend to frown upon the individuals who have tattoos. In this text, Martin addresses the growing fad of tattoos, and why our youth is turning to a more permanent way of expressing themselves. The goal of this article was to inform adults of the many different motivations of teen tattooing in order to reduce the assumptions many adults make. For example, the text explains that while adolescents view tattoos as “personal and beautifying statements”, parents associate tattoos with “oppositional and enraging affronts to their authority.” Martin explains that in most situations this is not the case, and if parents would just show interest and “nonjudgmental appreciation” towards teenager’s tattoos, they would be able to communicate and make contact with their tattooed teens. Martin is just trying to explain that if they view tattoos with an open mind, then maybe they can have a better understanding of why this is a growing epidemic within the teen community. The style and format in which Dr. Martin wrote really gives his reader a better understanding of the text. Martin’s utilization of all three persuasive appeals (logos, pathos, and ethos) is the reason for his arguments strength. The combination of credibility, individual stories (emotional appeal), and reason create an effective argument in which his purpose is clearly portrayed. In each section, Martin makes sure to include sufficient
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