“It’s Time to Think about Visors” by Ken Dryden
1. Sir Francis Bacon’s quote “Knowledge is Power” relates strongly to this essay. Before any of these injuries happened, the players did not really know of the consequences for not wearing a visor. After hearing of many stories like Berards, they started to realize that the choice of not wearing a visor could result in career ending injuries. The more knowledge they gained about these consequences, the more power and control they have over their own safety. They might start to rethink their decisions about visors.
2. Analogy: “Skiers can’t ski down a hill fast until they learn how to control their speed and know they can stop if they have to.” He compares the topic to skiing because most people know that skiing can be very dangerous and skiers must always be in control.
Metaphor: “Safety doesn’t need to straightjacket performance.” He is saying that you can still be safe and perform the same in the game. Wearing a visor will not affect your performance as a player.
Vivid Description: Dryden uses vivid description in the first paragraph when he tells Bryan Berard’s story. He especially focuses on the “dark spot forming beside him. Blood on ice in crimson; it splatters and streams. This was darker and thick.” This creates an image in the reader’s head and you start to see how everything happened as if you were watching it live at the game when it happened.
Rhetorical Question: “The question is not if but when. And the question for us is whether we drag out this time to its extreme or act sooner. He uses this at the end of the essay to leave the reader thinking about when there will be the rule that visors are mandatory. He states that we need to smarten up and put this rule in place before more people get injured because of not wearing face protection. Ms. Nigro
14 February 2013
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