Rhetorical Analysis Of No Firemen At Ground Zero By Michael Burke

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Rhetorical Analysis September 11th, 2001 left a huge impact on people’s lives all over the country. Michael Burke, a wall street journalist, discusses 9/11 in the article, “No Firemen at Ground Zero This 9/11?”. He expresses the bravery the first responders showed on the tragedy of 9/11. On the 10th anniversary, the firemen were not invited to ground zero to watch the remembrance ceremony. The committee that puts on the ceremony sent invitations to politicians, but not the firefighters who put their lives on the line to save others. They were told they could watch on TV instead. Burke is trying to show the businessmen of New York about how wrong not inviting the first responders was, he does this with his descriptive narrative and organizational structure.
Imagery, initially, supports Burke’s use of narrative in his piece. Burke forces the audience to picture the traumatic events that occurred that day and how they felt watching it unfold. Burke uses descriptive words and phrases such as: “bodies charred,” “bodies rained down,” “and they exploded” (4). These words help emphasize the horrible scene that was happening right in front of their eyes. Citizens watched as workers jump out of the towers, choosing to commit suicide instead of being crushed by falling the debris. These short phrases brings them to the images of bodies, dead and destroyed, laying on the street. Additionally, he uses short one sentence lines to show what the first responders sacrificed on 9/11.

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