EN102 Essay 2 A Time to Kill (Media Argumentation Analysis)

EN102 Essay 2 A Time to Kill (Media Argumentation Analysis)...

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Unformatted text preview: Professor Swanson EN102/ Spring 2009 Second Formal Essay Assignment Rough Draft Due: Monday, March 30 th Due Date: Monday, April 6 th Essay 2: A Time to Kill “Many who live deserve death. And some die who deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. For even the wise cannot see all ends.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien “Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. But above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.” ~Inscribed on the wall of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. The 1996 film, A Time to Kill , brings to light many of the aspects of argumentation that we have been studying this semester, such as appeals, claims, warrants, backings, bias, credibility, and assumptions to name a few. Central to this film is the theme of justice – what it is, who deserves it, and how it is obtained. Lucien Wilbanks, Jake’s mentor and former law professor, clarifies the central conflict in this...
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