Critical Analysis Essay

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Leather     1 Critical Analysis Essay David Leather In the essay “Eminem is Right” by Mary Eberstadt, the author discusses the topic of why today’s artists discuss such grotesque topics in their songs, and why the youth are connecting with it. The explicit thesis of the essay is that teen-agers relate to the today’s absurd music because they have been subject to abandonment from their parents. The purpose of the essay is to inform the reader, and especially the “all-knowing parents that miss the point” (Eberstadt 254), about why today’s adolescent connect with artists like Eminem, and Eddie Vedder, when the material they sing about is morally by today’s standards, out of line. Eberstadt points out that most parents are failing to realize, that unlike previous generations, the nuclear family is not common. This, in turn, is effecting the youth in a negative fashion. In the first area of analysis, the author discusses who Eminem is, and what makes him an attractive political target. First, Eberstadt uses description to describe Eminem throughout the entire section. She does this to give the reader an idea of who Eminem, his accomplishments, and his characteristics. Also, the author uses statistics when she states that “[Eminem] was easily the most successful artist of the year, selling more than 7.6 million copies [of his album]” (Eberstadt 252). The number, 7.6 million, acts as an exclamation to the declaration that Eminem has sold many records. Next, Eberstadt uses opinion when she pronounces that “Of all the names guaranteed to send a shudder down the parental spine, [Eminem’s] is probably the most effective” (252). The author uses opinion to keep the readers attention and make her essay more interesting. To support the previous statement, the author uses big-name organizations and politicians as examples of people who agree with her. This gives the statement support. By using the big-name
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Leather     2 organizations and politicians, the author is not only using examples, she is also using the appeals to authority. When the reader hears a name such as Lynne Cheney or Bill O’Reilly, he /she will take this as a means to justify the authors point in his /her own
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This note was uploaded on 09/03/2008 for the course ENL 101 taught by Professor Berry during the Spring '08 term at Cape Cod Community College.

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