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Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain discusses several different aspects which includes the process of embalming the tools used for this process preparing a body to make it look presentable for viewing in an attitude of healthy response pg 3 planning a funeral and then the burial In the authors supporting paragraphs six out of eighteen paragraphsfocus on the process of embalming the remainder focus on making a body look presentable preparing a funeral and then a burial The author Jessica Mitford develops her thesis by using an open thesis and also by looking at the big picture of embalming The purpose of embalming is to 1The several literary techniques that Mitford utilized to write her essay take part in a big influence as to how the reader responds to the essay Mitford frequently chose to quote two reliable sourcesShe then used a primary source to support her argument that Americans are strange for having open casket funerals The author also wrote with strong voice by asking questions and by using imagery Additionally Mitford obtained great diction in this essayAlso the author recurrently used amplification in her essay to further explain the concept of embalming Mitford recognized that this essay could be entertaining and educational at the same time but knew how to engage and make the reading a great deal easier for the readers at the same time which made for a very effective essayThe author chooses to quote several reliable sources one being A textbook The Principles and Practices of Embalming 1 and secondly Another textbook discusses the all-important time element 2She also quotes a primary source An English women living in San Francisco described her reaction in a letter to the writer 5 The uses of these sources are successful in convincing the reader that Mitford is a qualified author and they are very handy in further supporting her argument Furthermore the use of a primary source is a
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