ENG102 BCTC Causes of Juvenile Delinquency discussion

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The first paper assignment will be a rhetorical analysis of a particular article that you find in a journal, newspaper, magazine or published on the ‘Net. I want you to read it thoroughly a few times so you understand what ideas the author is trying to convey. Then I want you to write a five page, double spaced paper wherein you tell me the thesis of the article, also known as the main idea the writer is trying to get across. I also want you to tell me what the author says are the reasons for the thesis he or she is trying to argue, and the evidence presented to prove his or her point, if any. I want a description and details on what rhetorical devices the author uses to make his or her point, and the method and language used to persuade the audience. Lastly, I want you to tell me if you think the author is convincing in his or her argumentation, and why you think so.

The article should be factual, and based on a real-life issue that affects people in some way; if you aren’t sure if the article is suitable, please send me a link to the article (if possible) or an actual copy of the article so I can check it out. Any article published in our textbook is also fine. Please make sure your paper is five pages, double spaced and that you use a twelve-point-font

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What is the rhetorical situation?

• What occasion gives rise to the need or opportunity for persuasion?

• What is the historical occasion that would give rise to the composition of this text?

Who is the author/speaker?

• How does he or she establish ethos (personal credibility)?

• Does he/she come across as knowledgeable? fair?

• Does the speaker's reputation convey a certain authority?

What is his/her intention in speaking?

• To attack or defend?

• To exhort or dissuade from certain action?

• To praise or blame?

• To teach, to delight, or to persuade?

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Causes of Juvenile Delinquency




Causes of Juvenile Delinquency
In her article “Who’s to blame for Juvenile Crime,” Ann Marie Mangion tracks the
genesis of delinquency in children and adolescents. The article is structured as an expository
essay which seeks to establish on whom the responsibility for delinquency lies. Mangion begins
by capturing the attention of her readers through a series of questions aimed at inducing deep
thought into the problem she presents. She follows the questions up with a depiction of
delinquency as a vice destroying children’s innocence before using the findings of different
research studies to advance and support the article’s main argument that family and the education
system are responsible for delinquency. In the article, Mangion skillfully pairs rhetorical appeals
and devices with the use of an appropriate tone and language to persuade her reader to share her
concerns over juvenile crime and implement her suggestions to solve the problem.
The article’s message is clear and precise. It seeks to identify the parties responsible for
juvenile crime and suggest steps the parties found culpable can take to reduce the incidence of
the problem. Its thesis is, therefore, to confirm that families and educational establishments are
responsible for juvenile delinquency and identify ways in which the two institutions can reduce
its incidence. The problem is identified through a set of questions. Mangion then proceeds to use
both facts and her opinion to reveal that family and the school system are the two institutions
responsible for the problem. She then concludes by identifying ways through which the two
institutions can solve the problem.
In the article, Mangion manipulates the reader’s perspective by controlling how they
perceive her message. She begins by asking pertinen...

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