Standing By Fear, Loathing And Flying Rhetorical Analysis

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The purpose of Standing By: Fear, Loathing, and Flying is to make us see ourselves for who we really are. Sendaris wants to get the message across that people aren’t the way they look and that everyone thinks in a different manner. Today’s society derives on first impressions, for people almost always make judgments based on the first few glances. People portray things differently according to what they have heard or seen. Sendaris tells us how different things are when they happen to us, and when they don’t happen to us. In the article, Sendaris uses several rhetorical strategies to ensure that the audience gets his message. In satire, vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are “held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself into improvement.” While satire can be humorous, its “greater weapon is often constructive social criticism, using…show more content…
According to Sendaris, people do not want to hear “I’ll be right back” because it is “code for ‘Go fuck yourself’.” Sendaris adds satiric humor by stating “I should be used to the way Americans dress when travelling, yet still it manages to amaze me. It’s as if the person next to you had been washing shoe polish off a pig, and then suddenly threw down his sponge saying ‘Fuck this. I’m going to Los Angeles!’” He also pokes at Hitler by commenting how weird it was to hear “the name in the same sentence as the word ‘courtesy’. I imagined a man picking up the receiver, his voice made soft by surprise and the possibility of bad news ‘Yes. Hello, this is Adolf Hitler.’” As many people know, Hitler formed the Nazi culture and sparked the Holocaust that destroyed millions of lives. Hitler also spread the belief that the Aryan race was by far the superior race and that everyone else were imperfect. By using Hitler as a famous allusion, Sendaris hints that people still exhibit racist

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