Keegans word choice with works such a kills thrashing distress all of these

Keegans word choice with works such a kills thrashing

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explain how she, and other people view this topic. Keegan’s word choice with works such as kills, thrashing, distress , all of these words are just in the first few paragraphs to set the tone and mood of the piece to follow. Throughout this piece, Keegan also alludes to many different popular works about the large mammals.
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Keegan mentions about the whales’ size and how hopeless the problem may seem to be when they do wash up on the shore by stating how large the mammals really are. She compares them to simple fish which nobody batts an eyelash to. She then begins to allude to many popular stories and popular culture characters in order to continue to get her point across. She the famous biblical story of Jonah and Moby Dick. She mentions pieces like My Dog Skip and Homeward bound in order to show that this is not just for whales, but other animals too. She even mentions how our image of animals seems to undermine the reality of the human state. Throughout the essay, Keegan compares whales to humans in multiple ways. She mentions about how they give birth, and have a sense of community to appeal to pathos. She also makes a more interesting comparison. She talks about how a beached whale is like that of a homeless person. She explains how instead of washing up on the beach humans are “dying of diseases we can’t pronounce.” This makes an extremely concerning point, that people probably care about whales more than humans because of the enormity of the situation and the animals themselves. Throughout the essay, Keegan talks about how enormous and powerful the situation through pathos, and I believe that’s the largest point. I think that ,overall, what Keegan is trying to say is that the reason there is a large commotion on these large creatures is their connections to humanity and the enormity of their being in general creates a large empathetic connection between humans and whales.
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  • Fall '15
  • Thomas Miller
  • Jonah, Beached whale, popular stories

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