Rhetorical Analysis Of Sandra Steingraber's Despair Not

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Environmental Hiccup Have you ever thought about the food you're putting in your body and how it might affect the future? Have you ever thought about the environment’s future? Our environment is declining and the kids are the ones who will suffer. We are putting toxic chemical pollutants in our bodies and we do not even know it. All of theses toxic chemicals are causing diseases and disabilities such as: asthma, behavioral problems, intellectual impairments, preterm birth, early breast development, and autism. Sandra Steingraber heavily uses logos and pathos to convince her audience that she is worried about our economy and environment’s future, but she has a balance of both ethos and logical support. In Sandra Steingraber’s essay “Despair Not,” she focuses on the future of the environment and the worries she has.
According to Steingraber, “One in eight U.S. children is born prematurely. One in eleven U.S. children has asthma, the most common chronic childhood disease and a leading cause of school absenteeism. One in ten U.S. children has a learning disability, and nearly one in
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Honestly, it was really confusing at first. Then as the audience read this essay, she answers the question somewhere in these pages. She starts off talking about a murder that happened in the year 1837, then proceeds to start stating facts, and then explains the two issues are like two branches coming off a tree with the trunk as the base of the problem. One branch is the environmental side and how everything happening on the planet and in the atmosphere is affecting life. The other branch is the issues of the human body like what we are eating and putting into our bodies. This generation does not seem to care that this is happening and how it will affect them in the future. People are going to forget about all the mammals that are going extinct. She makes a good point in that if we want to fix the problems, things have to change