Sweatshop Oppression Essay

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Rhetorical Analysis: Sweatshop Oppression Ravisankar begins his essay by setting a particular scene of a well known day after thanksgiving; Black Friday. Shoppers anticipating waiting outside of stores, the second doors open. Ravisankar talks about the high demand of products during these certain sale events. In his third paragraph, he focuses the readers’ attention on the high human cost it takes to achieve lower and lower prices. Ravisankar addresses more than one purpose in his piece; not only does he inform his audience about true sweatshop labor conditions, he also uses certain elements to persuade readers to act against companies that use such types of labor. The problem he identifies is that many workers are forced to work 70-80 hours per week making pennies per hour. Also he identifies that workers are discouraged or intimidated from forming unions. He assumes his readers are aware and know the reality of sweatshops. He is also confident that he can get his readers to listen and agree with his viewpoint. His purpose is to bring the readers attention to the issues regarding sweatshops and also inform those who aren’t aware. In order to accomplish this purpose, he appeals mainly to ethos to evoke sympathy. ______ He also appeals to logic to suggest why sweatshop labor should not be used, as well. For example in paragraph 2 he explains in detail the labor condition he is arguing against; long hours, discrimination, unhealthy facilities etc. Another example where he appeals to logic is where he states how easy and little effort it would take to solve the issues regarding sweatshops. He states “Many consumers in the West refuse to pay a little bit more even if it would improve the lives of sweatshop workers”. Ravisankar also mentions the selfishness of corporations who are more interested in making

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