Arudhati Roy's Critique

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Arundhati Roy, born on November 24th, 1996 in Shillong, is an award winning novelist who won the Booker prize in 1997 after writing her first essay The God of Small Things. She then used her fame to focus her writings on political activism. She took part in the World Tribunal on Iraq in June 2005 and was awarded the Sahitya Akademi award in 2006 for her collection of essay that included 'The Algebra of Infinite Justice' that was written directly after the 9/11 attacks, however, the writer declined accepting the award. In her essay The Algebra of Infinite Justice, the author questions the American foreign policy and states that America’s attitude towards other countries is rather ignorant and ruthless to promote its secret agenda and power. In her essay, Roy persuades the readers and wins them over to her side by ingeniously using Pathos. She starts her essay by giving a shocking number of 500,000 children who have died as a result of the US endorsements. Such usage of Pathos automatically wins over the audience to her side of the argument as the death of children is a very sensitive and unforgivable topic. Her use of Pathos early in her essay was actually to provoke anger in her readers’ minds and to stimulate negative emotions towards the American government. She also emphasizes that the American Government and George Bush, who have started the whole operation enduring freedom, are quite ignorant towards other countries. However, even though her essay was very well established and to the point, the author seemed to be a somewhat biased, and lacked references. For example, she has stressed on the downside of the American policy throughout her entire essay and not once did she mention one advantage about it. She was also all over the place desperately trying to give more evidences against the American government and win the audience over to her side. This also let to her being random and completely going out of the topic and moving on to another in attempt to...
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