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The Journey to Death From the moment all life forms are born a journey is begun to the mysterious quarters of the unknown and the unexplained It is a journey to the one place all beings are not sure of and fear the most Whether or not it comes from old age death is a part of the natural cycle of life In the essay On Natural Death by Lewis Thomas death is the spectacle of human and animal existence He explores the world of death using rhetorical writing style to effectively support his idea of death By using parallel sentences and persuasive techniques such as logos pathos and ethos Thomas is able to alter the perception of the creeping demon into an exotic experience Thomas use of parallel sentences creates his mood about death and why it is Natures job to help us through it He points out in his essay that reading books on death causes a person to wonder how they will react when they encounter death He seeks to assure the reader by saying that if you know not how to die never trouble yourself Nature will in a momentinstruct you she will do the business for you 275 The idea of the unknown creeps in the back of human thought because people are not sure how they will handle it ergo they read books to prepare them for the unexpected arrival of death With the use of parallel sentence structure he emphasizes to the reader that they will be taken care of if they are faced with the grim situation by repeating the word you This technique and word usage engraves the concept of death in the mind and makes the audience follow through the sentence confident that Nature will be there to assist them in the process The road to death is a dreaded destination man and animal wish not to face alone Through Thomas elucidation nature is
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