Global Citizen

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Global Citizen

RhetoricEach work examined contained multiple different rhetorical strategies, some of which many of the works had in common. Imagery was the most common strategy used, shown in nearly each and every one of the examined pieces. The imagery showed in great detail just how much that the author's paid attention to native and all of its beauty, revealing their passion and love for it. The writers' choice of diction also displayed their favor of nature, as well as made it blunt how badly they thought of industry and all of the pollution that it caused. Aside from those, the rhetorical strategies varied from piece to piece, with examples being personification (Emerson, Walden, and Young), comic relief (Young), rhetorical questions (Walden and Carson), idioms (Muir), and even advertising (petroglyphs). The large number of rhetorical strategies are used to emphasize the main points that the authors want to make, as well as (in some cases) to give a description as to just how in tune with nature and the authors' own self that the writers are. The strategies convey a message that tells the readers that nature is wonderful and that we should be doing everything that we can to save it, as we are our only chance.

InformationAll of the writings were alike in that they were completely dedicated to focusing on the beauty and conservation of nature, despite the civilization around them. They all had the ideals of a global citizen, most finding introversion and nature's beauty more appealing than the hustle and bustle of cities and towns. Emerson states that "the stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence," claiming that nature is the true invoker of thought and feeling, as well as the placer of serenity, delight, and a child-like wisdom and curiosity into one's mind and heart. The writers' love for nature called an inspiration for the writings. For instance, it provoked Rachel Carson to protest against the use of pesticides and other chemicals often applied in farming, which harmed Earth's soils, bodies of water, and living creatures: "The most alarming of all man's assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and even lethal materials. This pollution is for the most part irrecoverable; the chain of evil it initiates not only in the world that must support life but in living tissues is for the most part irreversible." On the same topic, Al Gore also bluntly announced that "We take for granted what might not be here for our children." The Monkey Wrench Gang (Abbey) reinforces this fight against pollution and the destruction of nature, giving thought to the differences between Earth before human industrialization and the Earth now: "The wilderness once offered men a plausible way of it functions as a psychiatric refuge. Soon there will be no wilderness....Soon there will be no place to go. Then the madness becomes universal...and the universe goes mad."

StructureSeveral different structural methods and styles are used to portray the wanted ideas. For example, Fern Gully is a children's movie that uses simple cartoons and simpler dialogs to convey a deeper, more mature meaning, just as Dr. Seuss's The Lorax does. Abbey also uses his writing to tell a story, but his writing is a lot more obviously nature and even vulgar. On the other hand, Emerson and Thoreau use first person imagery to give insight into their thoughts and feelings about both nature and socializing, as if the piece was a journal entry. Muir also uses imagery and vivid descriptions to a great extent, but his works are in an epistolary structure, written as letters to tell about his adventures. Carson as well uses descriptive language to paint a picture for her introduction, but then, like Gore, displays the rest of her writing in a purely informational and factual manner. By contrast, the petroglyphs described and shown in the pamphlets use only inscribed drawings to tell a narrative-like story, while the text of the pamphlet was strictly factual. Although the structures of the literary works vary, the works are all revolved around one same idea: conservationism. They focus on describing in detail the beauty of nature and why industrialization is bad, in attempt to get people to understand and agree with their views on the topic, despite the differences of the methods used.

Global Citizen Final Project

Based on the readings that we have done this quarter, I believe that a global citizen is a person who knows that the world is quickly changing, but still appreciates the natural beauty of Earth itself. A global citizen recognizes the growth of cities, industries, and the population, as well as the fast-paced ways that humans are living and developing the Earth. Meanwhile, that person still holds true to more simpler pleasures and more important values, continuing to have a fascination with the Earth and appreciate the beauty of nature. He or she is dedicated to the values that make a person respectable, such as honesty, wisdom, and respect itself (for other people and for life). A global citizen realizes the importance of maintaining and using the God-given ability to think and feel for oneself. Overall, a global citizen is aware of every key aspect of life, including Earth's natural beauty and gifts, society's effects on the Earth, and that person's own self, mentally and spiritually.

Love our Earth.


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