Analysis Of Bid The World Farewell By Jessica Mitford

947 Words Nov 4th, 2015 4 Pages
When referring to writing, tone is described as the writer’s attitude toward their subject matter and audience. To analyze any literary essay, recognizing tone is vital to understanding how the writer feels about the subject he has written about but also the underlying message he is trying to convey. In the essay written by the investigative reporter Jessica Mitford entitled, “To Bid the World Farewell” Tone is very pronounced and effective in getting the main point of the essay across. The author uses many different tones, from which I have selected three to analyze. All three off them use the good principles of writing a convincing and informative essay. Her ability to sarcastically familiarize the general public with the ‘dark arts’ of the embalming industry is both suggestive and engaging. She also uses an abundance of euphemisms, hiding the disturbing truth under a string of organized connotations. Her last method of tone is to inform the reader of the embalming methods by explaining with the wordy and often misunderstood colloqialisms of an actual ‘dermasurgeon’, in which she provides multiple quotes to further convince the reader. When talking about such a touchy subject as the one in ‘To Bid the World Farewell’, a writer has to have the ability to inform without insulting. It takes a certain level of tact. This is where the use of tone comes in. Throughout the entire essay, Mitford utilizes the crafty tool of sarcasm to hide the ugly truths in plain sight of the…
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