In How to Poison the Earth, the author Saukko uses sarcasm, satire, and ironic text in order to capture the readers attention and make them understand her purpose in the essay, which is to show people the future of out planet.
From the very start, her thesis is very straight forward and grabs your attention right away. “Poisoning the earth can be difficult because the earth is always trying to cleanse and renew itself.” A sense of sarcasm is noticed in the authors tone as she is stating that even though we have al these toxic chemicals like uranium-238 which is takes million of years to dipsose, and nuclear power plants that create hundreds of plutonium each ear. It is still not enough for the earth to be polluted is ironic.
Next she transitions into a step-by-step guide on different ways to put these substances around the earth environment. By means of injection into the soil, where it then travels to the water, and then into the air. Which will come back tot the ground in the form of rain thus creating a endless cycle of chemical revolving polluting the earth. She adds data and statics in order to demonstrate the massive amount of toxic substances that is occurring in reality. It is not exaggerated as the info is collected from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
She then links the ocean with her thesis by stating that it is the hardest to contaminate due to it ability to “neutralize some” of the substances as well as its large capacity. Which allows it to be the best long term storage as she says “we must use the ocean as a dumping place for as many toxins as possible.” Using ironic text to grab the readers attention with her true purpose.
All in all, Linnea saukko use of satire, sarcasm, and ironic text in order to convey her message to the audience works. As a in direct way or vague in hope that the reader will catch on to her purpose and make the reader understand that the earth is being polluted...