Can Teenage Defiance Be Manipulated For Good By Amanda Ripby Analysis

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Rhetorical analysis is a way to break down non-fiction texts by an effective use of words to persuade. The development of the adolescent brain is continuing to mature to a fully developed brain. It is known that teenagers’ decisions can be easily influenced; usually by their peers. Therefore, decisions made as an adolescent differs from the decisions and behavior from an adult. The purpose of this essay is to analyze the article, Can Teenage Defiance Be Manipulated for Good? By New York Times author, Amanda Ripley's, ideas to persuade people how teenagers make wiser choices when they are being encouraged to make positive decisions. In this persuasive article, Ripley uses ethos, logos, and diction in order to explain how teenagers beliefs can be influenced. Assumptions and values are unstated beliefs that the author expects the reader to know. Amanda Ripley assumes that defiance is portrayed as something that should be changed. In paragraph one when it states, “Since there have been teenagers, there have been adults trying to control them” (Ripley 1). This is significant because it suggests that teenagers need to be guided by adults. This is an assumption due to the fact that not all teenagers need to be watched over. Another example indicating Ripley’s assumption is in paragraph sixteen when it states, “But teenagers seem to be particularly sensitive to even a whiff of mission” (Ripley 4). This is significant because it depicts teenagers as adolescents to be

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