Why in his third paragraph fridman continues to scold

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Why: In his third paragraph, Fridman continues to scold higher college education and places Harvard as an example to reveal the shame most students feel when admitting how much they study. Why: His statements add importance to the subject and make the reader aware of how important the situation is. Paragraph 4-7 What: Fridman’s words become stronger and have heavier with connotations. By using
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2 connotations, Fridman manages to communicate a strong message and portray a specific image. How: Words that carry these connotations are, for example, social outcasts, persecutors, and haunt. These say a lot more than the actual meaning, because although a social outcast means someone with no friends, the words present a stereotype of a kid who is bullied and is sad and has a terrible life. Why: Strong verbs and adjectives also make the message clear, such as ostracized and deprived. Diction is not all the author depends on to make his point, however. Sentence organization and length variation play a very important role in the text. Why: Not only that, but the very short length and its place as a separate paragraph emphasize the importance of the idea that what is going on, the scarce appreciation of intelligence, needs to come to an end. Paragraph 8-9 What: Fridman uses comparison of the U.S.to other countries around the world. How: He talks about how anti-intellectualism is the highest in the U.S.as any others, such as Japan, to show us the extreme differences. Why: This illustrates that the U.S., if not changed, will quickly be overtaken by many other countries in the technology race. Why:By citing areas that have succeeded in appreciating smart people he shows that America could do it as well.He also questions the U.S. directly,leaving it open ended for readers to think about when they are done reading. “How can a country where typical parents are ashamed of their daughter studying mathematics instead of going dancing, or of their son reading Weber while his friends play baseball?”
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  • Fall '19
  • Academia, Americas, Leonid Fridman

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