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Critical Analysis In the article Dangerous Minds author John Pekkanen uses Authority Emotion and Fact in a non-biased manner to discuss the topic of medical treatment of severely mentally ill individuals Pekkanens authority in this piece is clearly identifiable to the reader He is good faith reporter he states no views at any point in the article He remains outside aloof if you will of the article at all times There are no uses of the words I us them etc indicating that he has a particular stand on the issue He has researched for this piece very carefully taking relevant news and surveys from the last couple of years and piecing them together in an informative manner The authors use of emotion in the article is evident within the first five words of the article From these words the reader can tell that they are about to be told a story five stories to be exact The first story is the murder of Kevin Shifflett Gregory D Murphy Kevins assailant grabbed him from behind and slashed at the boy with a knife He then hit the childs great-grandmother with the end of the knife and stabbed a fifty-one year old woman that tried to help Kevin who had been stabbed eighteen times died at the scene Pekkanen 135 The second story is of Russell Watson Who fantasized he worked for the CIA and was being hunted by snipers and the Navy SEALS He was under the impression that the government was sending him messages through the fillings in his teeth After being locked up in an institution he blasted his way into the US Capitol Building which led to the deaths of Police Officer Jacob Chestnut and Detective John Gibson 136 The third story is of the murders of an African American hitchhiker and a seventy-one year old woman named Ada Sanderson A teacher Jeanette Harper who feared blacks were conspiring
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