Rhetorical Analysis Paper

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Rhetorical Analysis Paper Rhetorical Analysis Paper Darius Owens Comp & Comm II University of Kentucky 1
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In the United States, as a whole, we are becoming more environmentally conscious about the decisions we make and actions we do. Efforts such as “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, seeking to find alternative sources of fuel, and trying non-stop to find ways to cut down on deforestation are ways that Americans have continuously pushed to help make a “greener Earth.” Politically, it makes conservatives want to direct attention on other matters and liberals want to push for environmental legislation. Another key issue that we focus in on is the health of America, and why we haven’t been able to find the cure for big name diseases, such as cancer, or HIV. We’ve invested millions of dollars for different methods trying to find ways to help with no success. For my project, I am looking into the ways to decriminalize and legalize the possession of marijuana, and research why it is illegal in the first place. While looking around for any marijuana articles, videos, pamphlets, and other mediums of rhetoric, I came across an interesting political cartoon, which has opened the door to an environmental argument for my semester-long public controversy. Marijuana would be beneficial to society because it’s an excellent fiber, alternative source of fuel; easier to manufacture and cultivate, and even helps the soils that it grows in (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2010). The political cartoon basically composes of a farm, a burned down forest, and a jail facility featuring a guard. In the farmlands, one man says “I sure wish there was some CROP we could grow to save our irreplaceable FARMLAND from ‘Development’!” The other man, who’s in a burnt down forest says “I sure wish there was another FIBER to use for paper and buildings panels besides there irreplaceable TREES!” The punch line 2
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Rhetorical Analysis Paper (or punch drawing, per say) is a personified hemp plant being locked up in a penitentiary and a guard controlling over the exit/entrance area as if the hemp plant was literally in prison. The argument in this political cartoon is simple, yet, after going onto the website, reading all the information that it provides, and watch several of the YouTube videos to hit their points home, it became a very powerful message. This is a significant issue that’s 3
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been filled with lies, confusion and misunderstandings for a very long time, but it’s interesting to research and dig around to find out what exactly is to be labeled as “truth”. That’s why I choose this artifact for my rhetorical analysis; it’s given me a new piece to a puzzle that I’ve been spending an entire semester finding out about. I’m all for the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana, but industrial hemp is a topic that I thought I wouldn’t need to explore until I found it.
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