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Forgive and Forget Jack Turner begins his piece The Abstract Wild A Rant with a powerful anecdote about a Jewish client who makes the decision to begin his journey ill-prepared rather than wear old Germany army pants The speaker of this piece is a climbing guide and although he is annoyed by his client coming without the necessary equipment he greatly respects his integrity The remainder of the piece speaks of the many sins against humanity and nature and our tendency to forgive and forget them all without the slightest signs of anger or resentment The author wrote this piece with the intention of stirring up emotion in the reader over our ecological and cultural crisis He wishes to first raise the awareness of people toward the ongoing destruction of nature and destruction of themselves Next he tries to enrage the reader over their lack of care and effort to sustain that which is being taken from them Finally he wants this piece to provoke the reader to act show their anger and prove they will no longer accept the many wrongful deeds bestowed upon them Turner accomplishes his goal through his treatment of the audience his persuasive language and personal tone This piece was written for those Americans who are concerned with the destruction of our environment or the loss of values and culture but have yet to gain the volition or time in their already busy and stressful lives to act on their natural urges of anger and aggression He utilizes the characteristics of his intended audience to convey his message more effectively The author chooses his speaker and main character to be an intelligent outdoors man a mountain climbing guide because he knows this opinions and comments will be regarded with a greater amount of respect and authority then perhaps a big city business man It seems this piece was also intended to reach young people He
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