Beckholt SAT Practice Essay - In the article “Let There...

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In the article, “Let There Be Dark” by Paul Bogard, he emphasizes that the value of darkness is drowned out by artificial light and needs to be preserved. He builds his argument through the use of pathos and anecdotes. Pathos appeals to a reader’s emotions in order to pull them closer to the author’s desired claim. Bogard uses this persuasive element when he talks about the effects of light pollution on our Earth’s ecology. “...like the bulldozer of the night, wrecking habitat and disrupting ecosystems several billion years in the making” (Bogard). This specific issue that the author brings to the surface supports his claim that darkness is necessary for the well-being of the planet. This being said, the reader’s emotions will come out (such as sadness or fear) for the animals ecosystem and our ecosystem as humans. The bitter realization that the oh-so valuable component of one’s life (Earth) is in jeopardy because of light pollution will result in
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