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Obligation To Endure Essay

1574 words - 7 pages

“The Obligation to Endure” chapter in Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring is a gripping chapter that is overwhelmed with vital information on chemicals and pesticides that everyone is subjected to each and every day. Carson’s chapter is explanatory, and she wants to inform her readers, the general public, the main problem of our population is the humans who contaminate everything they touch. These humans have created things that can build up inside the tissues of plants and animals and alter genetics beyond anyone’s beliefs (Carson 8). Carson strives to inform her audience that as humans, everyone makes mistakes, but the country has made such a drastic mistake now that it is slowly killing every person, plant, and animal in the process. Something as simple as a chemical to keep bugs off plants has turned into a toxic biohazard that can only be taken in by human bodies in microscopic amounts without risk of poison, sickness, or death. With her own knowledge from her past careers in zoology, marine biology, and being a pioneer in the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), she is well informed about the carcinogens and disastrous qualities of these pesticides. Carson gets her views across even with her incredible lack of objectivity. Her straight forward style and uncomplicated language in her rhetorical context help prove her own ethics and logical thinking, while organizing her quality of evidence to get an emotional reaction out of her audience to attest her beliefs.
In the chapter, Carson constantly points out how these biologically potent chemicals are a terrible thing, and how they should become less toxic or simply halted in use all together. She continues her negativity by proving to her audience with studies that show even with the stoppage of use of these chemicals, they would unfortunately still be present in almost everything with which the world interacts. All of the examples and studies Carson uses further prove her point, but she fails to give an argument that proves her point. It is said the exception always proves the rule, and she lacks an exception. Nowhere in this chapter is it ever said that these chemicals were once used for a good purpose, or were in fact created for a good purpose. Surely, it is implied that keeping bugs off crops is beneficial to the country by helping farmers and making more food, but Carson never blatantly says, or gives an example that says, these chemicals were made for a good purpose. A rebuttal to any argument makes the point one is attempting to make, come across stronger. Had Carson given a statement by someone saying how good the chemicals were, and she proved them wrong, she would have solidified her argument even further and made a better case for herself. Even with Carson’s absence of an opposing point of view, she makes up for this mistake by putting in so much information about the harmfulness and dangers of these chemicals, even if another author did try to challenge her,...

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