Andrea Elliott is a writer who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007. She looks for the best stories, even if they are the most complicated. According to the New York Times article about the author, she was passionate about exposing poverty and social problems. In 2013, as an extensive report for the New York Times, after the publication of his “Invisible Child” article, he won the George Polk Award, among other honors. With this article, he urged city officials to remove 400 children from substandard shelters.
As part of his experience, he faces the problem, as there was no middle class in New York City, where financial pressures such as unemployment, health care, housing costs, and low wages are increasingly common. Andrea Elliott highlights this social problem as a person; You have a name, a family, and a dream, but not a place you can call home. This “Invisible Child” Dasani goes out into the world to show people how ungrateful they are, myself included. This 11-year-old girl, seen through Elliott’s eyes, proves that Dasani is strong enough to wake up under the same roof as 22,000 other homeless people, the same roof where drugs are released like air, where oxygen is almost nonexistent. arrives. Enough, where the piles of dirty clothes are bigger than your bed, and the sexual predators are always mischievous. Dasani carries on, despite the daily struggle, her myriad of responsibilities, her parental dysfunction, and her fear of being rejected by society. In my analysis, I would show how the author makes her readers wonder how lucky they are; she exposes this article via pathos, to indicate that this “invisible child” is still able to get up every day with enthusiasm and yet say “That’s a lot on my plate”.
Andrea Elliott shows her version of what New York is like without the luxury, accolades and wealth. That New York was related to commerce, finance, the media, art, fashion, technology, education, and entertainment; it opens its doors each year to approximately 55 million annual visitors. Sadly, according to the Coalition for Homeless Organization, 58,987 people will sleep tonight in a New York City shelter – yes, New York itself. Year after year, this number increases and the solution becomes more remote. That is why Andrea Elliott, through pathos, plays an important role in the subject. Every word and every image featured in this article brought to light the incompetence of society to take a closer look at the problem. This impressive and powerful article shared by Andrea Elliott offers a window into inequality. Whenever Elliott talks about the homeless, it’s easy to feel how this problem, despite the tragedy and harsh conditions, is handled with courage.
Elliott hints at every line that simple things can be more meaningful to people with fewer facilities in life. The author shows empathy with her readers in every detail. For example, a character in the story of the girls’ mother, Joanie, changed her life after the New York Times helped her find a job, she said that the best day of her life was her first day at work, they live for a dream that governs them, a reason to live. Normally, a normal person who has everything will never classify his first day of work as the best day of his life, most of the time he feels forced or miserable because of it. Elliott touched me in a way that probably any previous article. Elliott’s rhetorical analysis of pathos is his forte; his words to describe the situation are labels to describe a situation, for example: clothes, the appearance of opulence, and yearnings are more emotional to readers than clothes.
The use of analogies, metaphors, and other figures of speech not only makes Elliott’s article more interesting and compelling. Dasani’s own spirited intelligence and devotion to life is what Andrea Elliott brings her readers to pathos. He sleeps with his seven siblings and their parents on six decaying mattresses. Not even close enough to the queen-size mattress where most New Yorkers spend their nights. They share a common bathroom, with toilets often clogged with vomit and feces. What if! Sometimes people just complain that their siblings take longer in the bathtub. Simple details can show how uneven life can be. While some people fight for their life, others fight against it. In that viewpoint given by Elliott, it is possible to deal with more than inequality; the real problem is how tight-lipped people close when the moment of facing a social problem begins to question their way of life.
A concrete visual element opens many more emotional paths than abstract words alone. One of my strongest connections to Elliott’s article was the image he used throughout his article. The persuasive appeal of pathos identifies the audience’s self-interest, in this article his words are vivid and specific but it is not the same, as readers, to see exactly what the room of a homeless shelter looks like, a concrete demonstration of pathos. She creates and addresses the image of the room where this family lives among some others. An image can work on our pity, therefore descriptions of things that are painful or pleasant.
Stories are normally the best way to approach an audience, just as Andrea Elliott does in her article, an author named Sherman Alexie in his book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian tells a story, reaches his readers at humor to evoke emotions such as joy and surprise, and often triggers a strong connection of friends. In this book, Alexie presents himself as a hydrocephalic, not very wealthy, but an amazing artist. This author uses simple but engaging words to connect with his readers. This story of Alexie is a simple boy trying to live a better life between two different cultures while trying to discover his own potential. So how many invisible children are your story worth telling? His rhetorical style is based on the same storytelling that Andre Elliott presents, the difference is that Elliot’s article, although it has the support of data to generate credibility, connects with Alexie’s by pathos, in this emotional appeal with vivid language and numerous details that only a story can present.
A perfect example of this may be the article The Public Obligations of Intellectuals by Michael Eric Dyson. He thinks the problem with society is that it has become dumb, dumb to the point where people don’t take the time to learn about the problem. I think for 90 percent of the people who may have had access to Elliott’s article, the problem might seem distant and out of reach; But an action taken can be as simple as looking closer, a look that can be more meaningful than simply turning your back and pretending that the problem is not there. If I compare Dasani’s financial poverty to tight-lipped people who just pretend to be out of trouble, I get a 50-50 score. The story is based on a pathetic event through a homeless girl who has so much that many lack. Rather than acting, the authors make a call that needs an answer, and it can be as simple as putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and at least taking the moral of this fable.