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Ali Swank November 13, 2006 Tilley- LIT4930 Crichton, Gore and Flannery: Effective Uses of Ideology 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. There are scientists and reports that debunk the “myth” and those that put full authority behind the theory of global warming. It has become such a monumental topic that fiction authors, ex-politicians, and internationally recognized scientists have written some of the most talked about books on the topic. These men, Michael Crichton, Al Gore and Tim Flannery, write with a passion, whether it is a passion supporting or disproving global warming. Their strong use of ideologies and rhetoric make them the three most effective and persuasive books on the topic of global climate change. Michael Crichton’s State of Fear projects ideologies of contingency and the select onto its readers. The ideology of the select is demonstrated through the development of his characters. Crichton creates this hierarchical world where women are subordinate to and dependent on men, but yet are comprised of masculine traits. These gender roles and relationships are projected onto the reader and are what Crichton thinks of his reader. These gender roles show that Crichton sees men as the most powerful and all knowing human beings. The reader is portrayed as the character of Evans, the naïve lawyer who takes the back seat to Kenner, the scientific know-it-all. All of his characters are ego figures that the reader can relate to. Crichton takes this opportunity to prey on his vulnerable reader. He continuously offers many distractions and illogical fallacies that
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