Rhetorical Analysis Of ' A Quick Lesson On What Trigger Warnings Always Do

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Lindsay Holmes’s “A Quick Lesson On What Trigger Warnings Actually Do” is a persuasive piece written in response to the backlash that The University of Chicago received against implementing trigger warnings for their students. Likewise, Holmes sets up her argument in the hopes of persuading the general population the importance of creating safe zones and use trigger warnings for those who need them. In order to do this, Holmes uses a series of rhetorical devices throughout her essay to develop her argument for the use of trigger warnings. Holmes achieves her goal of persuading the audience that trigger warnings should be taken into consideration through her intentional use of rhetorical appeals, anticipated objections, and hypophoras in this essay. Holmes begins her argument by establishing her credibility as a writer. She expresses that she is knowledgeable about the subject matter and leaves little room for the audience to disagree with her by including the opposing side’s argument in her essay. For example, Holmes includes brief quotes throughout the essay from the University of Chicago’s statement, but even goes so far as to cite the statement in her essay following the third paragraph. This allows the reader to stop and read the opposing side’s argument and then form a knowledgeable opinion for themselves. Because Holmes does this, she establishes credibility with her intended audience since she allows them access to outside sources for information. By doing so, she…
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