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Anna Quindlens Driving to the Funeral first appeared in themagazine Newsweek in 2007 In this essay Quindlen aims to convince herreaders that we should lower the drinking age and raise the driving ageDepending on what state you live in the driving age begins at 16 17 or 18When teenagers turn one of these ages they expect to start driving thatinstant Parents at the time feel relieved that their children can startshuttling themselves around moms do not have to drop them off at schoolpick them up take them to the movies or sports practice any longer Afterreading this essay I was shocked by the amount of teenage car accidentsthat are not alcohol related but simply from speeding and having passengersin the car with them After a close analysis of the No 1 death rate amongteenagers it reveals contradictions between the articles call for raisingthe driving age and lowering the drinking age Descriptions statisticsand comparisons are methods that are used to create a powerful persuasiveessay In the essay Driving to the Funeral the writer discusses how everyteenager experiences the same things throughout high school We all takethe SATs study for exams go to prom and for some unfortunately attendfunerals Driving in high school appears to be both an advantage for thechild and the parent Teenagers feel more responsible being able to drivewhile parents are glad not leave work early to pick their kids up andshuttle them around town after a hard days of work However is losing achild at such a young age better then having to take off of work earlier todrop them off at practice Quindlens main point in this essay is to raisethe driving age she wants her readers to try and get together with thegovernment to raise the legal driving age like some states already haveIn the introduction Quindlen begins her essay with a description
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