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Argumentative Readings

This posting explores these inquiries:

1) In Intuitive Eating, analyze its introduction. What sort of introduction does the author use? How does it fit with the author's goals for the proposal? Is it successful?

2) In Daemon Seed, analyze its conclusion. What sort of conclusion does the author use? How does it fit with the author's goals for the proposal? Is it successful?

3) In Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal, analyze its relationship to its audience. Specifically, what audience does the author target? How does he or she appeal to them? What values are appealed to? (Be as specific as possible.)

4) In Listening for the Silence, analyze the action proposed by the author, and how it is supported. Specifically, what does he want the target audience to do, and how does he show that this is a good idea?


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Please allow some of my ideas to help:

1. After assessing the introduction in "Intuitive Eating," please note how Tribole and Resch use a short of bullet, condensed, summarized formula type introduction; it is sequential, almost like a recipe. The introduction seems to read like a step-by-step method to introduce the topic.

Since many dieters seem to follow rigid parameters and steps, I think that the authors are using this accepted and known form to gain attention and to organize their content succinctly. They employ bold headings to introduce each paragraph, making the content easy to read.

It further seems to fit their goals for the proposal because they are short and to the point. Instead of laboring long about any one particular aspect of health and fitness, they offer a myriad of ideas about successful health practices as they dispel many myths and misconceptions.

(2). As you explore "Daemon Seed's conclusion, please note that the author uses a bit irony to conclude his piece. When he says, "Like most Microsoft employees, Ted now has two PCs: one for testing software, one for writing email and documents. Part of his job is serving as a human email filter, relaying messages between the programmers developing a product and the marketers selling it. Last year, he typically filtered 500 messages daily ...

Solution Summary

Help with evaluating authorial arguments is listed.