The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society

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Sean Quigley AP English 2A 11/08/11 The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society Comprehension: 1. Illiteracy is a danger to the democratic society because the number of eligible voters that are illiterate is by far enough to sway a vote. This could lead to the electing a president that is not as politically fit as another candidate. 3. When Kozol says that being illiterate leads to “circumscribed” existence, he means that being illiterate traps you in a place where you cannot do things other people can do because you do not have the literacy necessary. Purpose and Audience: 1. Kozol States his thesis in the middle of his essay, “Choice, in almost all of its facets, is
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Unformatted text preview: diminished in the life of an illiterate adult. Style and Structure: 1. The references to Socrates and James Madison are illusions. These examples show how much more emphasis was placed on being intelligent than is now, and that may be the reason that so many are illiterate. 2. He uses this to give a personal relationship to what he continues to talk about throughout his essay. He uses this as his first example because it is the most personal to him. 3. I think that these short examples are in some instances more effective than the long ones. Some examples do not need to be drawn out because when this happens they sometimes lose strength....
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