Carr n’ Frost on Tech

Carr uses Robert Frost in his argument to establish a stronger connection with the reader through pathos. He details Frosts bleak prospects in life, “[A] son, had died of cholera at the age of three. His marriage was troubled” (211-212), to pull at the heartstrings of the reader. In some cases, it even makes the piece relatable. Carr also shows how Frost struggled in the education world, “[D]ropped out of two colleges” (211), providing a strong pathos appeal to those currently struggling with schooling and/or have dropped out of schooling before. He also uses him to provide a centralized theme throughout the piece, in regards to farm work, as he later uses a scythe as a rhetorical tool. Without Frost, Carr would lose the connection with the audience due to the lack of human relation and his points would gain a higher possibility of falling into deaf minds. Frost also adds the needed aspect of ethos as he is a credible and revered writer in numerous communities.

Carr is trying to show readers that technology is a good thing if used in moderation and if its purpose is not to eliminate the work we are to do, only to enable us to do it with more human-like ease. He ends the piece on a more calm and thoughtful tone. It allows the reader to see his viewpoint and justifications and not take offense. He touches on multiple sides of the story allowing a sort of one-sided discussion with his ultimate verdict being laid out in a respectful tone keeping the reader more soft and open. This piece concludes with a logos and pathos blended feel to it, as it should, to help it stick into the reader’s mind and allowing them to ponder what is being said throughout their day life.

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