Rhetorical Analysis Of ' A Life Beyond Do What You Love '

1020 Words Nov 8th, 2016 5 Pages
In his New York Times article “A Life Beyond Do What You Love” Gordon Marino poses the question "But is do what you love wisdom or malarkey?" after giving us an anecdote about students coming to him for career advice. The article which uses many rhetorical devices which make the audience think about their choices in careers and what you should and want to do. The author also cites different sources for his article and past life experiences. Marino then end his article by saying many great leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. did not pursue what he loved, but what was right and what would better society around him, prompting the audience yet again to think about their own choices. Marino effectively argues that doing what is needed should be seen as more important than doing what one love with the use of rhetorical questions, anecdote, hypophora and procatalepsis.
The use of rhetorical questions by Marino is used to bolster his opinion that duty should be more important than doing what one loves. Marino utilizes two rhetorical questions in the essay. The first instance is “But is “do what you love” wisdom or malarkey?” (Page 1, Para 2). This first rhetorical question is actually the main idea of this essay. There are two reasons this rhetorical question is used to bolster his opinion of duty over love when choosing careers. Reason one is that it explicitly states what the point of this essay is, which is that should you do what you love or do what is needed of you. The…
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