Claim, Warrant, and Grounds
Cruelty, Civility, and Other Weighty Matters by Ann Marie Paulin examines how the world views overweight people with negative stereotypes. Paulin takes a stance to create an argument on the wrong take of overweight people in America. Claims
Paulin uses several passages to make claims about how society looks wrongly and unjustly on people who are overweight. “I swear, if I have to sit through one more ad proclaiming that life is not worth living if you aren’t thin, I’ll slug somebody” (Paulin, 2007). Paulin tends to get irritated at the way society judges people who are overweight. There is definitely a bias in the media as well as pretty much wherever you look as far as overweight people are looked at. Paulin also states that “The evidence is beginning to pile up out there that being fat may not be nearly as bad for a person’s health as the crazy things people inflict upon their bodies to lose weight” (Paulin, 2007). She is simply talking about the crazy things that people eat or take that make them lose weight. “Fat people are assumed to be lazy, stupid, ugly, lacking in self-esteem and pride, devoid of self-control, and stuffed full of a host of other unpleasant qualities that have nothing to do with the size of a person’s belly or thighs.” (Paulin, 2007). By these statements, she sets the stage for the argument and the conclusion. Grounds
The grounds is the basis of real persuasion and is made up of data and hard facts, plus the reasoning behind the claim. It is the truth on which the claim is based. Grounds may also include proof of expertise and the basic premises on which the rest of the argument is built. Paulin talks not only about being overweight but also about the American lifestyle. She stated that “One of my colleagues came by today with a newspaper article on the Krispy Kreme Donut chain; evidently, Americans eat three million Krispy Kreme donuts each day. We may talk tofu, but we gobble glazed”...
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