RR2 - In Edward Abbey's short essay entitled "The...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
In Edward Abbey’s short essay entitled “The Great American Desert,” he plays on people’s ideological shortcomings to prove a point; there are many dangers in the deserts on the North American continent. However, what readers fail to realize is that his logical fallacies, i.e. fallacies of relevance and ad populum, play on many misconceptions and feelings about the desert. To begin, Abbey’s logical fallacy of relevance deals with his argument about why people should not come to the desert, yet it does not apply to his conclusions, that “…there was nothing out there. Nothing at all. Nothing but the desert. Nothing but the silent world” (494). His whole argument does not compare to his conclusion; he just states why people should not go to or visit the desert, yet he says nothing is out there, even though he states that there are, “the Walapai tiger…rattlesnakes…centipedes, millipedes, tarantulas, black widows…” (490). His argument does not make any sense. After his
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course ENGL 102 taught by Professor Bivona during the Spring '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

Page1 / 2

RR2 - In Edward Abbey's short essay entitled "The...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online