Rhetorical Analysis: The Occupy Movement

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The Occupy Movement, an effect of the 2000’s financial crisis, caused an uprising in people becoming more aware of corporations gaining a surplus of economic power, and the amount of income that each and every worker had lost. Brian Stelter, a New York Times journalist, writes about how the Occupy Movement has created long-term effects, and how that factors into modern society’s outlook on the wealthy corporations of America. In doing so, Stelter analyzes the slogan “We are the 99 percent”, which refers to the majority of Americans, and “We are the 1 percent”, referring to the very small portion of wealthy Americans. Through Stelter’s use of strong counterpoints, unbiased tone, and identifiable allusions powerfully advances his argument of this influential slogan. In Stelter’s analysis, he uses strong counterpoints; these counterpoints only make the article even stronger by showing both sides of the debate of “we are the 99 percent”. For example, on page 682, …show more content…
The use of allusion can be found throughout the article; these allusions helps compare the slogan “we are the 99 percent” to other remarkable slogans. One of these examples includes when Stelter alludes to “Give me liberty or give me death,” (681) an incident where Patrick Henry stood in front of the U.S. Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to then say those words to convince them to send troops for the Revolutionary War (Henrick, Max). Another allusion Stelter uses is when he alludes to the Civil Rights Movement, as he quotes: “We shall overcome” (682). Now although the Civil Rights Movement was a lot more significant than the Occupy Movement, this is a valid comparison in how the slogans were used to give a theme or a main idea to the movements. All of these allusions give Stelter a stronger analysis of the slogan of the Occupy Movement, therefore advancing his argument that majority of Americans are in the middle to lower