On Dumpter Dying Rhetorical Analysis

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When Society Practices Apathy From the dawn of time humans have possessed the instilled power of empathy and compassion. However, in a world of rising personal and social differences, empathy diminishes resulting in apathetic behavior to dull one’s heart from emotion. Ignorance allows people to stay in their own world, oblivious to the pain around them. Personal connection, disagreeing viewpoints, and self-preservation all stem from the roots that cause an apathetic, socially disruptive society. One major derivative of apathy forms by lack of personal connection. Lars Eighner, author of “On Dumpster Diving,” writes about his experience of homelessness and living off the contents of dumpsters. Eighner states, “Students throw out many good things, including food”(718). Eigner explains that people who do not live a homeless life become careless when throwing away trash because they can…show more content…
When people do not have the same beliefs and agreements a chasm between apathy and empathy emerge. Norman Cousins, author of “Who Killed Benny Paret?” writes a 1962 essay on the boxing match between Benny Paret and Emile Griffith which resulted in Paret’s death. Cousins states, “The Paret fight produced a flurry of investigations” (341). These investigations targeted the blame toward the referee, Paret’s doctor, and even his manager. Mike Jacobs, the prize fight promoter, explains, “They don’t come out to see a tea party, they come to see the knockout. They come out to see a man hurt” (340). Jacobs shifts the blame over to the audience because without them and the popularity of the game, Paret would not have died. Cousins concludes that the popularity of the game lies within the blame, however since people love their beloved game so much they remain apathetic. When people do not see eye to eye and have different influences, the line between right and wrong

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