In the article “Time to act on domestic violence” published by The Sydney Morning Herald on the 7th of March, 2014. The Editorial is trying to convey the audience with persuasive techniques such as emotive language, inclusive and images to persuade the readers to speak up about domestic violence and furthermore reduce the rates of domestic violence. The tone of this article is calm but also serious. The use of emotive language helps the reader into sharing the same emotions as the Editorial. Another main persuasive technique is inclusive language and that helps the Editorial into including the reader into the topic and having the reader be in a “group”. The Editorial uses imagery to convey his meaning and makes the reader see what the Editorial is sees.
The Editorial conveys his intention through the use of imagery and the affects it has on the readers. The photo and the caption “In Australia, one woman dies every week from domestic violence in 2014” shows not only sadness but also emptiness and fear. The use of black in the image shows that the person could be anyone, “…Mothers, your daughters, your sisters, wives, girlfriends….” The use of imagery reinforces his argument and to “Shine a light on domestic violence” as it showing the readers the amount of negative effects that domestic violence can cause on a person. The Editorial uses imagery through words such as “murky” to show how the person being affected by domestic violence can be left in a dark and gloomy thick mist that they cannot escape unless they speak about it. The use of imagery reinstates the Editorial’s intentions and how domestic violence can have a negative impact on a person’s life.
One of the main persuasive devices that the Editorial uses within this article is Inclusive language. Inclusive language helps the Editorial to involve the reader directly in the issue by using words such as “we”, “us” or “fellow Australians”. “To mark international women’s day on Saturday….to illuminate the public and our leaders on what remains a national tragedy for a country that purports…” This quote makes the reader feel included and that their view on this current issue counts. The use of inclusive language in this article is made to encourage the reader to agree on how the current situation of domestic violence is being handled as the reader and “fellow Australians” are made to be part of a group that is currently aiming to eradicate domestic situation.
One of the fundamental persuasive devices that the Editorial includes within the article