24 October, 2012
Rhetorical Analysis Battleground America
The article written by Jill Lepore, “Battleground America,” is about the history of guns, how they are used, and how they are viewed throughout the past up to the present. She talks about major gun companies and their effect on the amendment, and how guns themselves do not cause negative harm but the people who own and use firearms for the wrong reasons cause harm. Lepore uses many strong points about gun control throughout her article to present her information for her audience to feel as though guns are put into the hands of the wrong people, and does so by creating enforced credibility in her sources, using negative connotative language, and an informative feeling to her article rather than an arguing stand point. The article, ”Battleground America,” written by Jill Lepore, is mainly about the second amendment and the ways it is weakened throughout history by big companies such as the National Rifle Association. The article implies that the meaning of the second amendment is changed throughout history and now is mistreated and misconstrued by many gun companies. In order for Lepore to support her thesis, she uses her expert knowledge and skill in history on the second amendment, as well as self experiences with using guns. Throughout the article Lepore seems to point out that the second amendment went from being created to protect your home and your country, to just being a right of any person to have one, even if he or she shouldn’t. Battleground America is written by Jill Lepore who is a history professor at Harvard and a writer for the New Yorker magazine since 2005. She published her piece in the New Yorker on April 25 of this year. The New Yorker is a famous magazine viewed by multiple people across America; however, its most common reader is in their forties, has children, and is upper middle class. The articles main focus is the second amendment and its political...
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