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Scott Hagerman Expository Writing When analyzing and critiquing an essay one must take into consideration many different attributes of the essay Some of the most influential attributes that contribute to the quality of the essay are the type of language the connotation and the slanting or lack there of In the case of A Proposal to Abolish Grading the author Paul Goodman uses words and phrases such as nave teacher and ugly competition overseer anxiety and damage Words such as these set a tone that demonizes the grading system and forces the reader to sympathize with the authors cause To understand if this style of writing is truly effective one must first determine the intended audience the author had in mind many styles of language and writing have different effects on different audiences Obviously Goodman does not intend this to appeal to parents because he states in the essay that parents should be simply disregarded Moreover I do not believe the author thought that his essay would have a significant impact among the teachers and administrators of the various educational institutions of the nation The next logical choice is the student community which seems likely considering the authors intent to come to their defense at every opportunity throughout the essay For the students it seems a primary duty of the university is to deny them of their props their dependence on extrinsic evaluation and motivation and force them to confront the difficult enterprise itself and finally lose themselves in it Goodman appeals to his intended student audience also by using words such as master overseer and lord to refer to teachers By doing this he makes his concept to abolish grading seem like less of an education reform concept and more of a rebellion of the oppressed against the oppressors Paul Goodman demonizes the education community in his essay in order to make his point seem more justifiable
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