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Ali Swank October 11, 2007 A.Tilley LIT4930 Flannery vs. Crichton As with every confrontational theory, there are people who try and discredit it and those who try and prove it. When it comes to the topic of global climate change, scientists have been studying locations all over the globe to find out if global warming is in fact happening. Tim Flannery and Michael Crichton make great strides at persuading their readers to support their theories of global warming in their books The Weather Makers and State of Fear. While analyzing strategies of both authors, it is clear that both men are ambitious and dedicated to the threat or myth of global warming. Flannery and Crichton demonstrate strong rhetorical strategies of argument and persuasion throughout their novels that leave the reader with the sense of determinacy to either de-bunk or solidify the theory of global warming. In Flannery’s The Weather Makers he takes on the daunting task of educating his readers on the threat of global warming. Flannery starts with the basics in his first chapters, explaining the earth’s history and processes. He claims that global warming is indeed something that is happening, and something that needs to be addressed today before the damage is irreversible. Flannery prompts and challenges readers that if they believe that global warming is an immediate threat, that they must alter parts of their lifestyle in order to try and save what is left of our planet. Throughout The Weather Makers , Flannery cites countless references and calls on personal experience to display the potential effects and dangers of global warming. One
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of Flannery’s strongest arguments is in the section titled “ One in Ten Thousand .” He claims that although many animals may have already become extinct due to climate change, the golden toad in Costa Rica was the first documented extinction. Flannery makes an appeal to the human emotion when he talks about the possible extinction of more animals yet to come. Flannery precedes this argument with a chapter on the bleaching and devastation of earth’s reefs due to human intrusion. He anticipates that critics will say that animal extinction is a natural occurrence, and counter-argues that even if it is a natural process, humans are increasing the rate of extinction. Flannery proves this by giving examples of pollution in Ambon Harbour, “red tide” in Sumatra, smog in Southeast Asia, and dinoflagellates in Indonesia, which are all attributing to the destruction of coastal reefs, caused by the irresponsibility of humans. (107)
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course LIT 4930 taught by Professor Tilley during the Spring '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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