Rhetorical Analysis Of Richard Louv's Last Child In The Woods

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Rhetorical Analysis of Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv As our country has grown, the amount of electronics and other advancements has greatly increased. When computers were first invented, it took large machines filling a room to provide the power and the memory space for the computer to work. Now, smart phones give people more power and memory in just the palm of their hand. Though these advancements have obvious benefits, this technology also has negative consequences. In an excerpt from Last Child in the Woods, the author, Richard Louv, uses rhetorical strategies such as rhetorical questions, oxymoron, and antithesis to emphasize his disapproval of the neglect of nature in the present age as well as develop his thoughts as he reminisces about the past.…show more content…
In the third paragraph, he writes, “Why do so many Americans say they want children to watch less TV yet continue to expand the opportunities for them to watch it? More important, why do so many people no longer consider the physical world worth watching?” The author raises two contradictory points: Americans provide more television when they complain that the children watch too much of it and the natural world is everywhere, yet people merely see it rather than taking the time to watch and appreciate it. Louv forces the reader to confront the reality of what the technology of this age is taking away from society. Readers can then relate this to their own lives. This self-evaluation as well as the evaluation of today’s society provides the following conclusion: a change must be made. This conclusion supports Louv’s argument that there are too many multimedia devices in the world today that distract people from the true beauty can be found by simply watching the nature that is everywhere one

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