12 February 2015
An Analysis of “Eco-Defense”
In the article “Eco-Defense” written by Edward Abbey, Abbey wants to get the point across that saving our public lands should be a big priority for the people. He states that we need to defend the American wilderness with the kind of relentlessness that we would use to defend our own homes. He fears that our government that our government is not doing its job on the matter and we need to take it into our own hands. Abbey believes that eco-defense is the way we need to take action. He is effective on his play on emotions and use of metaphors but struggles to give evidence that supports his hostile claims. The article starts out by describing a scene that would make any man’s heart pound, “If a stranger batters your door down with an axe, threatens your family and yourself with deadly weapons, and proceeds to loot your home of whatever he wants….” By involving your family and yourself he makes an undeniable connection that forces readers to involve their own emotion. He uses this to manipulate a set up for his argument that we should feel the same way about defending our homelands. It is effective in making the reader to feel an obligation towards his cause. His comparison gives us no choice but to feel like we have to be on his side. Furthermore, Edward Abbey is successful in his use of logic to manipulate the readers mind. As he continues to drive home the point that the wilderness is our home to protect, he states, “An Englishman’s home is his castle; the American’s home is his favorite forest, river, fishing stream, her favorite mountain or desert cannon, his favorite swamp or woods or lake. The reason why this metaphor is effective because it just simply makes sense. By constantly relating the topic back to us, he makes it a very personal matter. This is important because in order to get people to take action you have to make them care about your cause. Abbeys...
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