Dying of Shame Essays

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Felicity Aurthbnot, the writer of "Dying of shame" the writer responsible of bringing these emotional issues to the attention of the world audience. She explores the disturbing issue of the terrible treatment of the children of Iraq. By writing a feature article using certain techniques including; emotive language, and inclusion of her own personal experiences, statistics and facts and the use of repetition; Felicity is able to arouse emotions within the reader about this dismaying issue.

The title is a technique which the author uses to provoke certain emotions within the reader. The title ", being a metaphor, challenges the opinions and ideals of the reader. Most people’s first thought of the title would be that the Iraqi people are the ones who are dying of shame. After reading the article however it can be said that the readers are actually the ones who will be the ones dying of shame because of their lack of support to Iraqi situation. This thought makes the reader feel emotions of sympathy, pity and remorse towards the situation and the children of Iraq - which is the main aim of Felicity.

Emotive Language is an essential technique that writers use to appeal to certain reader’s emotions. In "Dying of shame", Felicity mainly uses emotive language to create a deeper sense of sympathy and compassion towards the treatment of children in Iraq. Examples include Felicity’s appeal to people’s values when she expresses that "The invasion has meant the death of childhood and not literary, but an implication that the invasion has caused an end to childlike things. The emotional impact of this metaphor therefore creates for the audience a sense of sadness because of the sacredness most people feel towards childhood. Another establishment of this idea is created by the metaphor within the last two paragraphs that describes a child’s trauma created from dropping an egg symbolic of the lives of the Iraqi people which is fragile. This finally shows the way in which children in Iraq are living within a shattered country they don’t be worthy of. It is emphasised that the people don’t deserve this because of the compassion shown by the store owner, who gives the child another egg, showing the compassion that exists within a supposedly ‘bad’ country. Again this metaphor raises emotions of regret and compassion towards the children and people of Iraq. Felicity uses a selection of words to directly appeal to the reader’s emotions. These words included mostly descriptive words of the children being; little, small, tiny, in pain, chronically malnourished and suffering. All these words have negative meaning and disturbs the reader on a deeper level. The image created is so disgraceful that it makes the reader feel emotionally disgusted by the shocking effects. With the use of such descriptive words, together with the explanation of the situation the reader’s emotions can even turn to anger.

Felicity’s personal contribution and experience within Iraq allows the reader a better understanding of the issue and presents a more emotionally article. In the second paragraph Felicity expresses that "To witness the effect of the United Nations allowance is to live with