Why Dont We Complain

1760 words, 8 pages

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"Why Don't We Complain" Analysis

We don’t complain enough. Is the simply and unique argument that Buckley is presenting in his essay. The purpose of this essay is to convince Americans that it's time to start complaining. Instead of simply pushing aside the issues that are present to us on a daily bases Buckley wants us to confront them head on and to simply speak up. Instead of dealing with hot trains, an unfocused movie screen and long line that is caused from a supposedly lazy worker, we should speak up because we have the power to change the little problems. Buckley is afraid that if we continue to show apathy towards small problems then we will continue this trend when faced with much larger conflicts that... View More »

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The first question for critical reading asks what the author’s main purpose is. Buckley does not give the readers a clear thesis in the introduction. However when reading through the essay I discovered that the author’s implied thesis and purpose it to show the readers that our society needs to start noticing and trying to change the minor issues so that we can feel empowered enough to change the major dilemmas. The second question asks what the reader knows about the author’s beliefs, assumptions and experiences. Throughout the essay the author outlines the different experience that has lead him to believe that Americans are becoming to uncaring of the obstacles that we face on a day to day basis. Hot trains, unfocused movie screens, long lines, and unhelpful stewardess are the experiences that Buckley uses to help show the readers why we are not complaining enough. The third question asks what the author’s qualifications to discuss this topic are. To answer this question I searched the brief bio that is presented in the 50 Essay’s before the beginning of each paper. In doing so I found that this paper was written by an editor of an opinion journal, a host of a political talk show, and a well published author. I feel that because the author has dealt with the opinions of others in his articles and on a personal level experienced the lack of complaining he is qualified enough to discuss this topic. The four question asks what unstated assumptions, underlying values and commitments does that author seem to hold? Author is assuming that we all have experienced moments were ...

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