The Human Cost Of An Illiterate Society Rhetorical Analysis

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“Communication is key.” Some may say. Without it, we are locked in a cage of illiteracy, and without the key - the ability to read and wright. Jonathan Kozol’s “The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society”, discusses the expenses that the illiterate human must pay for being unable to read or wright. Responding to this paper will include questioning the reasoning on why these illiterate people are unable to read or wright, evaluating the struggles of the average illiterate human being, and predicting the future of the illiterate society in America. Without knowing how to read or wright First off, why do these people who are unable to read or wright, not join any classes or buy books to learn themselves? Being unable to read or wright is not only an inconvenience, but also very dangerous. Kozol states, “Like I said: I have two kids. What do I do if one of my kids starts choking? I go running to the phone...I can't look up the hospital phone number” (Kozol 5). By being illiterate, it puts that person, and their children in danger. So it makes me wonder why they don’t do everything they can possible to learn how to read and wright.…show more content…
There is an endless list to the disadvantages of a person who is unable to read and wright. Kozol wrights, “’You don't choose,’ said one illiterate woman. ‘You take your wishes from somebody else.’ Whether in perusal of a menu, selection of highways, purchase of groceries, or determination of affordable enjoyment” (Kozol 4). Being illiterate makes it nearly impossible to select a food item on a menu, find a school, or to tell if the item that has just been purchased will make your headache go away, or make you fall asleep in a matter of minutes. All because the inability to read a menu, street sign, and words on a

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