grail, the first job”. After that, the author claims that students are sized up by people around. Colleges want them to become “well-rounded students, civic leaders, people who know what the system demands, how to keep matters light, not push too hard for
an education or anything else; people who get their credentials and leave the professors alone to do their brilliant work, so they may rise and enhance the rankings of the university”. According to Edmundson, if you try to be “someone other than you are, which, in the long run, is killing.” That’s why he has a strong desire that students have to “fight”, “to be aggressive and assertive”. He encourages them to pursuit their passion and question the values of everything they are taught. At the very beginn i ng , he begins with the title- a rhetorical question makes readers curious, and then be eager to read the message. Besides, the words Edmundson uses to describe life in and outside college is imaginative: Students live life of “celebrities” and graduate to become “servants”; professors “slave” to do incomprehensible scholar work instead of paying “full-bore attention” to teaching. Together with repeating phrase “life is elsewhere”, he successfully draw a clear picture of the life in college when one doesn’t “throw himself heart and soul into” classes. In addition, inspiring words such as “to fight”, “to struggle and strive”, “to be aggressive and assertive” express eagerness. They make students strongly desire for real education and feel that they are necessary to change themselves. Throughout his piece, Edmundson successfully achieved his goal with strong appeals to pathos. His introduction is full of emotional words and phrases that create a sympathetic image. He maintains a friendly and humorous tone. Author may be
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