Why DonT We Complain Essay

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Many authors use different techniques such as appeals, evidence, and sense of urgency to support an argument, or claim. In the essay, "Why Don’t We Complain," by William Buckley, one of his main points is that people today are not complaining and speaking up. In another essay, "The Paranoid Style of American Policing," by Ta-Nehisi Coates, one of his main points is that violence is not always necessary to solve a problem. Both authors use appeals such as pathos, logos, or ethos to make their arguments stronger. Both authors have similar arguments, that the government is getting too much power from the people.
In Buckley 's essay, "Why Don’t We Complain," he writes about his observations and experiences regarding complaining. He argues
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Instead, his wife tells Buckley to be quiet because she was sure "someone... [in] management... [would] notice the blur" and fix it (73). Buckley continues to write how nothing happened, and "the movie ended" still "out of focus" (74). This proofs one of Buckley 's main points, that "everyone was expecting someone else... to speak up" and complain (74). Everyone in the theater expected someone else to talk to the manager about the problem, but no one did. This caused everyone to suffer and be powerless. They "would rather lose [their] eyesight" than complain (73). Coates also uses a personal experience regarding police brutality. Coates writes about when he was "10 years old," and his "father confronted "a young man who"[wanted] to fight" (99). Coates writes that the "young man" had "a metal stake" and "began swinging it... in a threating manner" (99). Coates adds that his father did not call the police, and "did not shoot [or] kill the young man," which is what police officers have been doing (99). Instead, Coates father "[goes outside] and tells "the young man that 'it 's over '" and to " 'go home '" (99). Coates notes that his father did not need violence to solve an issue, which is also one of his main points. His observation about his father supports his main point because it illustrates to the reader that his father used communication to solve the problem. His father did not
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