What Cost Chris Dussold His Dream Job?

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Lee 2Zachary LeeFrancis WilliamsEnglish 1301Nov. 11 2014Critical Analysis EssaySummaryThis section contains a summary of the article "What Cost Chris Dussold His Dream Job?" In his introduction, Bartlett explains how Mr.Dussold was a professor at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and was fired for "copying another professor's teaching statement." But further explains that Mr.Dussold says "that was not the real reason he was fired" and that "Now Mr.Dussold is on a crusade to restore his reputation…" he goes on to explain how Mr.Dussold lands the dream job he wanted which was going smoothly until one day when a rumor started. Mr.Dussold tries many ways to make the rumor stop happening and assure everyone it is not true. Bartlett tells you about how the university does investigations on the rumor and what Mr.Dussold does to try and clear his name. Describing later on how the investigation ended and explain why Dussold ends up suing the college for false termination.ArgumentsThe main purpose of this article written by Bartlett is to help prove the innocence of Mr.Dussold and give the side of Dussold's story behind the rumor made against him. Trying to make an ethical argument Bartlett tells how Dussold's reputation is put into question. According to the article Bartlett describes how Dussold had gone to Southern Illinois as a student and had offers from other colleges to work there but took the job at SIUE because "It felt like coming home." In fact he said "'I used to tell them I would take this job for nothing,'" and how many of his students and colleagues enjoyed working with him. Dussold tried to steer clear of arguments with others and then out of nowhere a rumor is started the ruins his character as a teacher.Bartlett also elucidates that Dussold whole life started changing after this rumor had been started. The author states that Dussold who was once an outgoing professor but once the rumor started, allegations were made about him which led him to start questioning everyone and everything around him "Every interaction now carried a question mark: Who believes the rumor?...Were there more?" Each day these questions were rattling around in his head, not knowing the answer to any of them. Eventually he starts going into his own shell trying to not cause any more problems in his life "The once-outgoing professor started keeping to himself." The rumors started making Dussold stressed showing us an emotional argument.Author StyleBartlett starts out describing how Dussold has told this story many times, saying how he was fired, how he was escorted and how he felt hopeless. "But even after two years and numerous retellings,...

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