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prager - Subatra Bhowmik ENG 102 19 September 2007 Dennis...

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Subatra Bhowmik ENG 102 19 September 2007 Dennis Prager Dennis Prager's thesis in "The Soul-Corrupting Anti-Tobacco Crusade" is that the "war against tobacco, in short, has come to be far more dangerous than tobacco itself." Prager expounds, citing prejudice against smokers, slanted health education, and discouragement of individual responsibility--among others--as the ill effects of America's anti-smoking campaign. Prager's essay takes its power from his logical consistency. Its primary weakness lies in Prager's unrelentingly reprehending language. Prager creates the impression that he is entirely concerned with blaming others, and that he believes smokers to be completely guilt-free. In fact, Prager's essay reads like a self- righteous crusade itself, which lends his essay the ring of hypocrisy. In his opening, Prager strengthens his argument by appealing to smokers and nonsmokers alike. He explains that he doesn't smoke cigarettes, but he does indulge in tobacco products. This demonstrates that he is sympathetic to
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nonsmokers, but also understands the draw of tobacco. In addition to this appeal to emotion, the subtle characterization of health education as a form of indoctrination helps Prager expose the manipulation of young minds into anti-smoking zombies. Prager lists the steps the Massachusetts
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Byrkit during the Spring '08 term at ASU.

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