The Great Influenza Rhetorical Analysis

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Author John M. Barry wrote a descriptive, in depth passage accounting the 1918 flu epidemic in the book The Great Influenza. He uses an exploratory tone to explain scientists and their perplexing research to the readers of his book. Barry utilizes anaphoras and rhetorical questions numerous times through his passage to enlighten readers on scientific research. Barry opens his entire passage with the use of an anaphora. He reveals the importance of certainty regarding scientists and their research by stating, “Certainty creates strength. Certainty gives one something upon which to lean.” The repeat of the word “certainty” accentuates to the reader of Barry’s book that a scientist needs to be certain of himself to exceed. Barry proceeds using