Have you read a good book lately? In the essay, “ Reading for Pleasure Is In Painful Decline “ Stephen L. Carter’s main issue is that teenagers no longer read for pleasure. He feels that reading for pleasure is at a painful decline. Carter’s essay states teens only read when it is necessary for school. He uses rhetoric devices, such as parallel structure, throughout his claims to further enhance his point of view. He expresses strong language to stress his thoughts and also examples to give an visionary effect.
Carter starts off the essay with an example of a situation he was in at the movies. As he was coming out from the movie,“ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire “, he overheard a conversation between two teenagers. Girl A asked what happened