Compare and Contrast of Quindlen and Lutz

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Compare and Contrast of Quindlen and Lutz Upon reading and examining two essays, “Life under the chief doublespeak officer” a narrative by William Lutz and “Homeless”, a descriptive by Anna Quindlen, I firmly believe that Quindlen provides the preferred essay due to the gravity of her subject, greater personal relevance, and that her material allows the reader to sympathize with the subject matter. William Lutz’s essay addresses the growing trend in Corporate America to disguise actions with words and or phrases that mask the intention of the company. In Lutz’s essay he says,” With doublespeak, banks don't have "bad loans" or "bad debts"; they have "nonperforming assets" or "nonperforming credits" which are "rolled over" or…show more content…
Inside were curtains, a couch, a stove, and potholders. You are where you live. She was somebody.” (Quindlen, n.d.) Immediately, as a reader, I felt the emotional weight and connected to Quindlen and her homeless friend Ann. Quindlen’s description of the photograph allowed me feel as if I had lost something, even though there was no physical connection. Lutz addresses a topic that has spread like an uncontrollable virus fueled by political correctness. However, I question the social relevance of the topic. Lutz’s essay comes off as having a chip on his shoulder and cold disdain for current trends in corporate communication. Lutz’s thoughts, accurate as they are, are nothing more than a rehashed Andy Rooney editorial. Quindlen however, delicately reminds us of how important a place to call “home” is. Quindlen eloquently says, “Home is where the heart is. There's no place like it. I love my home with ferocity totally out of proportion to its appearance or location. I love dumb things about it: the hot-water heater, the plastic rack you drain dishes in, the roof over my head, which occasionally leaks. And yet it is precisely those dumb things that make it what it is--a place of certainty, stability, predictability, privacy, for me and for my family. It is where I live. What more can you say about a place than that? That is everything.” (Quindlen, n.d.) This is how Quindlen separates her work from Lutz’s work; by making her

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