At the Edge of Poverty: Deconstruction

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In the piece “At the edge of Poverty” David Shipler tells about the world of “the forgotten Americans”. The people who can’t save, can’t get a better job, and cannot move on to a better life. He shows us how hard it is to be someone like that, to be on the edge of poverty. He brings us to a different level of understanding of what these people go though and how they are almost are stuck in society, only to dream for a better future. In this well written piece, Shipler does a wonderful job of grabbing and keeping the attention of the reader with many techniques. He uses metaphors, pathos, dramatically short sentences, imagery and many more techniques. Shipler does, though, have two of his best techniques that he uses to really make this piece amazing; repetitiveness and word choice are techniques he utilizes to create credibility and emotion with the reader and to make a very interesting and wonderful piece. Shipler uses repetition as a bright way to emotionally pull the reader in. The author is very good at using repetition as a manipulating device to his reader into becoming fond the piece. Shipler duplicates words throughout his writing to add emphasis on a certain subject. “The poor have less control over their private decisions, less insulation from the cold machinery of government, less agility to navigate around the pitfalls of a frantic world driven by technology and competition.” By emphasizing on the word “less” Shipler persuades the reader into thinking that the subject has so little compared to the wealthy Americans. He shows the reader how different these people are from others in several aspects of life. Shipler also uses repetition as an advantage in another part of his piece; “They still cannot save, cannot get decent health care cannot move to better neighborhoods, and cannot send their children to school” Again the author emphasis how much these people don’t have as many opportunities as others. The reader sees the words repeatedly in their head...
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