Effective Devices

Effective Devices
There is a description of the family who migrated from Vietnam to the US, and they are having a language problem inside of family in the essay, ?Language Use in Family and in Society,? from the English textbook, Constructing Others, Constructing Ourselves. (Lee Thomas, Linh Cao 61 -71). The parents cannot speak English although the children are comfortable with speaking English. As a result, the parents and children cannot communicate appropriately in various situations, and the parents have lost their authority on their children. The children do not respect their parents because they cannot be proud of their parents. In fact, the majority of people who migrated to the US forget their mother tongue after coming to the US because it is no longer necessary for them. The authors, Lee Thomas and Linh Cao, inform us to take this issue as a serious thing for the future of the U.S. In this essay, they use very effective strategies to help the audience understand this issue. I will analyze this essay by using the concepts of rhetorical triangle, structure of the argument, and rhetorical appeals. First, I use rhetorical triangle to analyze the essay. First, Lee Thomas and Linh Cao are the authors of this essay Lee Thomas teaches linguistics courses in the English department at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Linh Cao is also an English teacher at Sparks High School in Nevada. There are professionals in the study of English. Secondly, the audience is English teacher, people who are in this situation, people who are interested in this problem, and the US government. Third, the purpose is to inform to the US government and American people about the issue that parents and children who cannot communicate with their family because of the different languages which they are familiar with individually. The issue has not well known to the majority of people in the U.S. However, the number of people in this situation will increase in the future because of immigration to the US, and it will continue to cause serious problems. Secondly, I will analyze the essay in terms of the structure of the argument. There are five different aspects. First, the authors use denotative language such as ? What we teach, research, and model about language affects public attitudes about it.?(70). It means how much influence she has to the US government. Furthermore, It also means that the essay is formal because it is obvious that the public is one of the target of her message. Third, the authors use both subjective and objective points of view. For example, to describe the dialogs of the family in the essay is objective, and professional opinions for those dialogs are subjective. Forth, the authors use fact, example, personal experience, description, and expert opinion as types of support. For example, Linh Cao is the member of the family who has the problem of language in her family. Further, Cao is also a teacher so that to use her experience as professional opinions has strong effect to the audience. Fifth, the arguments are inductive with a problem/solution structure. The authors write about language problem of the family as a specific situation, and the solution for this family?s problem as a part of the general solution to this issue. In addition to this, the essay contains a cause/effect structure. There are many example dialogs in the family that show cause/effect. The authors write generally to make their subject easy to understand. All of these aspects work together to convince the audience of their points of view on the issue. Third, the author use rhetorical appeals to make their essay strong. The authors use logos, pathos, and ethos in the essay. For example, the authors use many examples and explanations about the dialogs as logos in the essay. Pathos is also used in many of the actual dialogs of the family. The audience can recognize different and complicated emotions of the family members that they cannot communicate to each other in the dialogs. About ethos, the author, Linh Cao, establish her credibility by her background. Her back ground that she is the member of the Vietnam family and a teacher of English really shows that she is the most suitable expert for this issue because she is really conscious of the whole matter. In conclusion, the effective strategies of the authors make their essay strong. They give us many dialogs so that the audience can figure out the patterns of family behavior easily. Moreover, the opinions of professionals in English have strong influence on the audience. I can really understand the feeling of the family because of how the authors write about this situation. I hope the government takes care of the issue seriously as soon as possible for children, parents, and the future of the human being.

Effective Devices 7.1 of 10 on the basis of 3751 Review.