Where Sweatshops Are a Dream

917 Words Nov 24th, 2014 4 Pages
Rhetorical Analysis
“Where Sweatshops Are A Dream” In his New York Times opinion column, “Where Sweatshops Are a Dream”, writer Nicholas D. Kristof uses his experience living in East Asia to argue his positive outlook on sweatshops. Kristof wants to persuade his audience, Obama and his team, along with others who are for “labor standards”, that the best way to help people in poor countries is to promote manufacturing there, not campaign against them. He uses Phnom Penh as an example to show why working in the sweatshops is a dream for the families there. They would rather work at a sweatshop than stay in the dangerous garbage dump, searching for something to recycle for change. The writer establishes credibility through his experience
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This affirms his solution, which is to promote manufacturing in poor countries. In the third paragraph of his argument he used figurative language to really describe the horrible conditions these families in Phnom Penh lived in. Kristof used both metaphors and alliteration to really give the audience clear visuals of the garbage dump. One of the metaphors is, “It’s a mountain of festering refuse”, which translates to piles of rotting wastes. By writing metaphorically it creates a much more vivid and exaggerated image in our mind. Another metaphor he used was, “The miasma of toxic stink…” (Paragraph 3, pg. 109) which vividly describes the harmful vapors from the decomposing garbage. Continuing that last sentence “… toxic stink leaves you gasping, breezes batter you with filth, and even the rats look forlorn” (paragraph 3, pg. 109 in), is an example of alliteration. These visual statements (metaphors and alliteration) help Kristof convince his audience that sweatshops are a better option, a way out of poverty. Throughout Kristof’s argument he appeals to both logic and emotions. One example of logos is when he talks about how he was asked if he would want to work in a sweatshop. Of course his answer was no, but he then says he would rather do that then pull a rickshaw. This displays logic because even though a job at a sweatshop is not

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