How to write a Language Analysis Essay
Step 1- Preparation:
Capturing key information (pg. 197)
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Reading and annotating
Capturing Key Information:
Title of Text: Life in a Zoo: Creature comfort or distress
Text Type: Editorial
Author: The Editor
Author’s position or associations:Source: The Age newspaper , January 19, 2011 Main Contention: The editorial asserts that the abuse and neglect of animals in zoos in Victoria needs action Tone: Concerned about the welfare of animals, Serious about allegations of animal neglect and Critical of zoos being too focused on entertaining humans. 1st Supporting Argument: the employees at zoos are more interested in the entertainment for the people rather than the animals. OR…Zoos have difficulty in balancing meeting the needs of animals versus providing entertainment for the public. Persuasive Language and Examples: -Statistics- readers may be persuaded by viewing the statistics as reliable evidence that zoos are under pressure to raise funds from the public and other sources since government finding has been reduced. Expert opinion –name, credentials, what they say- readers may also believe the view of Peter Stroud based on this former experience and qualifications Curator: A keeper or custodian to a museum or others.
Peter Stroud agrees to saying the entertainment goes to the people at the expense of the animals Appeal to traditions- zoos have improved animal welfare in recent years Praise: Given to the Werribee Zoo for its ability to “replicate that[of animals] habitat as closely, and as practically as possible.”- the editor balances their concern about zoos with recognizing the improvements have been made in animal welfare and re-creating natural habitats as is the case of Werribee Zoo. This positions readers to see the editorial as being fair in its approach to the issue 2nd Supporting Argument: The editor is also concerned that some animals are in caged enclosures and are still...
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