Analysis Of Gordon Marino's Essay 'Do What You Love'

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In his essay "A Life Beyond 'Do What You Love'", Gordon Marino utilized several rhetorical devices to successfully deliver his point that "doing what you love" is not necessarily the end-all-be-all when it comes to choosing a career. He goes on to claim that the phrase “do what you love” is elitist. Also, he inserted a number of examples of people who did not do what they loved, but did what was their duty. He noted popular figures such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., and even mentioned his own dad. Finally, he elicited the emotions of the reader several times, such as when he mentioned how his father did not "do what he loved". In fact, it was the complete opposite. By using credibility, answering hypothetical questions, evoking …show more content…
Marino was able to convince the reader of his main argument was by using hypophoras all throughout the essay. In the first page of his essay, Marino asks if doing what someone loves is something to live by or nothing to live by at all, “"But is "do what you love" wisdom or malarkey?" (Page 1 Para 2). This is extremely pivotal in setting the tone of the paper and clearly showcases to the reader what his argument is. This, in turn, helps the reader follow his argument more easily. The next page, he cited an example of a man named Dr. John Kitchin that quit his medical practice for something more enjoyable to him, which was skating, “Suppose a man "finds in himself a talent which might make him a useful man in many respects. But he finds himself in comfortable circumstances and prefers to indulge in pleasure rather than take pains in enlarging his happy natural capacities." Should he?” (Page 3 Para 1). He is showcasing an example of someone doing what they love, but not necessarily in the way one would think. By giving up his profession and doing what he loves, not only could this doctor lose large amounts of money, but also lose the ability to support his family since he has no source of income.This makes the reader take a step back and reevaluate their own argument and consider whether someone following their passion is always the right move. Through the use of hypophora, Dr. Marino makes the reader reconsider the validity of "doing what you love". This is essential in proving his argument in that it ensures that the reader sees the many different ways in which this commonly-held myth may not be true. Not only did he offer certain questions that he explicitly answered, but he also took into consideration the thoughts and opinions of the readers