The Great Influenza Rhetorical Analysis

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As the writer begins the passage from The Great Influenza, author John Barry makes it clear that he starts off using common sense giving of an first feeling that the argument should be obvious. However he can only speak for himself because one person can only experience what he has dealt with. As the passage continues the author uses tactics such as ellipses on lines 10, 63 and 64 to solidify his points. Barry also tries to push in evidence from a physiologist, Claude Bernard, to develop his argument. He uses a variety of rhetoric including personification around the 15th line where he gives the quality of ‘sharp’ to a laboratory finding which is actually vague. The range in which his writing and rhetoric skills spread gives his writing great
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