Ridley And Eggers: A Comparative Analysis

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Haley Bohland English 11 AP 7 July 2012 Opposites Agree Brilliant is the word that describes Genome by Matt Ridley and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. Both books showed exemplary observations of life yet were completely different from each other. Ridley displayed an outstanding view of the human genome while Eggers told a truly heartbreaking but inspirational story about his life. Ridley and Eggers differ by the vernacular, the style, and the overall view of the meaning of life; however, they are similar because they both engage the reader with astonishing stories and the purpose in writing. Ridley and Eggers have a different use of vernacular. For example, In A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,…show more content…
Ridley only used logos to prove his point. In almost every paragraph, he gathered information and statistics to back up his theories. In one observation for example, more than seventy per cent of western Europeans can drink milk as adults while less than thirty per cent of people from parts of Africa can (Ridley 193). Ridley used this quote to discuss the topic of lactose intolerance. While Ridley used logos, Eggers used pathos. As he wrote, he talked about his misfortunes and touched the hearts of his readers: “The only infallible truth of our lives is that everything we love in life will be taken from us” (347). The two authors looked at life, but they did not discuss it in the same way or…show more content…
In Genome, Ridley wanted to give insight about the human genome and how life really worked. Ridley thought of knowledge to be a blessing and not a curse (3). Though A Heartbreaking Works of Staggering Genius did not talk about the human genome, it discussed a story and let the reader view life from Egger’s perception. Though most of the narrations were depressing, Eggers really wanted to give the audience knowledge about the truth of life. In one of his observations, Eggers stated that everyone “feeds” off of each other every day until there is nothing left but a heartless body (425). Both writers wanted to inform the reader about the truth of life. Genome and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius differed in numerous ways; however they were similar as well. Ridley focused on the physicality of life and Eggers looked at life through emotion. However they were both similar. Ridley and Eggers accomplished the goal of creating meaningful books pertaining to life. Though the two novels were divergent due to the language that was used, the order that the stories were told, and the way that life was viewed, both came together with the purpose of writing and the use of anecdotes to help give the reader insight on the true meaning of
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