Under the Influence

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ESSAY #1: UNDER THE INFLUENCE
DROWNING IN ALCOHOL

DROWNING IN ALCOHOL
Throughout the decades, alcoholism has become a common issue that has become the cause of the deterioration of many relationships. In Scott Russell Sanders essay, “Under the Influence”, it is demonstrated how his relationship with his father continuously weakens due to the effects of alcohol. In order to create a deeper understanding of the impacts that alcohol consumption has on families, Sanders uses information from sources such as medical journals with actual statistics that increase the relevance of the story. In Sanders’ essay, “Under the Influence”, the author uses references such as dictionaries, medical journals, and the
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Similarly, Sanders represents the seriousness of the effects of alcohol through medical statistics when he states, “I knew the odds of my becoming an alcoholic were four times higher than for the sons of nonalcoholic fathers. So I slipped warily,” (Sanders, 150). This affirmation of a child of a drunk being more likely to become an alcoholic through a medical source allows Sanders to broaden the span of his story by using facts that not only affect him personally, but overall all children that are in a similar situation. His experiences are easy to relate to for many readers because he uses intelligent sources that strengthen his arguments. Ultimately, Sanders is able to better connect with readers from his story through the use of facts and references from medical journals. Furthermore, Sanders develops a realistic tone and deeper connection with the audience of his essay through the use of references from the Bible. The author continuously broadens the theme of his essay by using different sources. When he mentions, “Over the grinning mask of Dionysus, the leering mask of Bacchus, these children cannot help seeing the bloated features of their own parents,” (Sanders, 142). Sanders refers to Dionysus who is known as the Greek god of wine and intoxication as he explains how the laughter of others towards jokes made about drunks are not sources of laughter for the children of alcoholics. He illuminates alcoholism from a
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