What The Dog Saw Malcolm Gladwell Analysis

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In today’s world, those that make atypical connections between unlike things are often those who reach the most profound conclusions. By knowing where to look and what one can learn from the information one has, these people make discoveries that the ordinary eye would find irreconcilable. One such person is the journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell writes for The New Yorker magazine, where his analysis of intriguing anecdotes always provide new insight into practical human endeavors. One of Gladwell’s books, What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures, is a compilation of his best New Yorker work. The book was written in 2009, assembling many of Gladwell’s greatest excerpts meticulously crafted into a single theme, Gladwell’s urge to look at different perspectives, intertwined in each of his…show more content…
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures includes nineteen different articles extracted from the pages of The New Yorker. It includes three sections, each with a common theme. The first is called Obsessives, Pioneers, and Other Varieties of Minor Genius, the second Theories, Predictions, and Diagnoses, and the third Personality, Character, and Intelligence. Each section has completely different examples inside, but all under the same concept, and the sections as a whole point toward the idea of multiple viewpoints and their importance. Gladwell uses this structure to keep his works distinguished from one another, but still intimately connected. In the article for which the book is named, Gladwell delves into the work of Cesar Millan, the “dog whisperer.” In the third section of the article, Gladwell uses metaphors, logical appeal, and imagery to discover how Cesar does his job. One of Cesar’s jobs was in 2005 for a television series, on a vicious dog named JonBee in Los Angeles, and Cesar had to “help [the client couple] tame the wild beast” (Gladwell 133). This metaphor from the owner proves how abnormal the dog’s behavior

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