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K i r k | 1 Sean Kirk Professor Corner English 110.01 January 25, 2008 Warfare Warfare has been around for thousands of years, and in many different forms of culture. Thus being the case, one can’t help but to wonder if warfare is absolutely necessary, a biological necessity, or if it just some form of bad invention created by man. In comparing Margaret Mead’s essay “Warfare: An Invention—Not a Biological Necessity” and William James’s essay “The Moral Equivalent of War”, I found Mead’s essay to be more persuasive. Things that made Mead’s essay stronger than James’ essay were the use of voice and tone, as well as detailed examples used to back up her ideas. She was also very clear in stating her claim, and stuck with it throughout the whole essay. In James’ essay, this was not the case. James used a very passive and boring voice, and did not use very many examples to back himself up. Margaret Mead’s essay “Warfare: An Invention—Not a Biological Necessity” is more persuasive because she clearly steps out and defines her side, and explains in detail why it is the better one. Showing the other two arguments that could be taken, she quickly explains how they are not the best explanations, and begins to explain her own ideas. She gives facts and reasons that show why her side is the best, and she backs them up with examples that are relevant to this time period. Not only does she have enough facts and
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K i r k | 2 examples to prove that warfare is nothing more than a bad invention, she does so in a way that someone cannot easily argue against her point. Mead finds where there are any possibilities of argument, and then she finds a fact or example that will make that point weak or unimportant, not even worth bringing up. Examples are one of the strongest factors in determining which essay is more persuasive. James’s essay is less persuasive because there were no important examples used.
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course ENGL 110.01 taught by Professor Clark during the Winter '08 term at Ohio State.

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