Humans in Their Environment by Paul Livingston

Humans in Their Environment by Paul Livingston
In ?Humans in Their Environment? by Paul Livingston, the topic of changed perspective is very apparent. This change of perspective, of an environmental protester being killed by the environment he is trying to save, is developed through the structure and the use of language devices. These devices include formal register, ambiguity, satire, black humor, verbs and adjectives. The structure helps develop the changed perspective. This is done, by the two paragraphs and the heading. The first paragraph is structured to look like a serious news report. The second paragraph on the other hand, is structured so that the use of irony is able to develop the changed perspective.
The heading also helps develop the changed perspective, with the use of ambiguity. ?Humans in their environment?, complements the punch line in paragraph two that the protester is actually IN the environment, since ?? he was turned into paper pulp?? The number of literary devices helps the changed perspective develop through out the passage. The formal register in paragraph 1 helps develop the sense that the story is actually true, until you gat to the second paragraph were irony is used to show that the story is too extreme to be real. Ambiguity in the heading changes our perspective of the saying ?humans in their environment?, since the protester was IN the paper. The heading has more than one meaning. Satire is used to twist the seriousness of the first paragraph, since it is a witty language device, used to convey insults or scorn and someone else?s bad fortune. The use of the literary style of irony shows contrasts in literal meanings for a humorous effect. This is shown in the line, ?To add insult to injury, he was turned into paper pulp and ended up as a minor article on speculative market capitalization on the Dow Jones Slump?. The use of verbs and adjectives, also help develop the changed perspective, by denoting the action of the protester and his death. The black humor in the last paragraph combines the morbid death of the protester with humor to give a disturbing effect and convey the absurdity of the event.

Humans in Their Environment by Paul Livingston 9.1 of 10 on the basis of 2032 Review.