Kids in the Mall

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Kids in the Mall: Growing Up Controlled
The essay Kids in the Mall: Growing Up Controlled, was written by William Severini Kowinski. Kowinski is examining the reasons for “mall culture” in this essay that he took from his book The Malling of America. Kowinski uses certain tones, word choice, and ordering is his essay to make it more appealing for his audience. The tone of the essay Kids in the Mall: Growing Up Controlled, is one of the keys to pulling off a good appealing essay. Then there is the word choice Kowinski goes with which goes with the tone he uses a little and makes it easier to read and more appealing to his readers. Last there is the order in which Kowinski explains the essay and makes his points. The tone of the essay Kids in the Mall: Growing Up Controlled, is on a more casual note; Kowinski is not too serious or to sarcastic in the essay. Kowinski talks about serious things in his essay such as the time when he says “They may have smoked their first cigarette or first joint or turned them down,” (102) although the tone that he uses when he is talking about these things is on more of a casual level. When he does this he draws the attention of his audience by it being relatable. He makes it easy for the average person to read and understand. The tone throughout the essay stays on the same casual level and also when reading about this it makes the whole thing not that big of a deal. Many of us know this stuff probably happens at the mall because we have all been kids and we know what goes on at the mall. By keeping a casual tone when writing the essay, Kowinski is almost just making his audience aware of something that they are already aware of. The word choice used in Kowinski’s, Kids in the Mall: Growing Up Controlled essay, is kept somewhat simple. Kowinski does not use excessively enormous words throughout his essay he keeps it simple to the point where any average person will be able to pick up his essay and be able to read it without...
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