Analysis Of The Oldest Kid On The Job

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In Reader’s Digest’s feature “The Oldest Kid on the Job” by Bob Brody, the author comically reflects on both the positive and negative effects of his age in his workplace. Meanwhile, in another amusing feature, The Oprah Magazine’s “Attack of the Efficient Tomatoes” by Molly Simms, the writer discloses her unsuccessful experiences with multiple time-saving methods. Although both of these articles succeed in their humorous, friendly tones, they often differ in their rhetorical strategies. While Brody utilizes formal sentence constructions and self-deprecation to highlight the humor in his circumstances, Simms applies conversational structures and unconventional word choice to imbue her experiences with a breezy, sociable personality.
Both articles begin with a similarly playful tone but establish distinctive styles. In Brody’s case, three of the four sentences in his first paragraph follow a simple subject-verb-object structure with a multitude of coordinating conjunctions throughout the rest of the piece, conveying a traditional technique and a slower rhythm. On the other hand, Simms begins with an exclamation and switches structures with every sentence, following a more conversational format with hypotheticals (“If”), questions (“But how?”), and interjections (“Well”). Simms’ varying structures creates a more dynamic rhythm, punchy and bright where Brody’s is more mellow and meaty.
Although these techniques are disparate, one is not more successful than the other;

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