Nicholas Kristof’s essay “Our Blind Spot About Guns” addresses the issue of gun regulation, and Denis Baron’s piece “Don’t Make English Official — Ban It Instead” discusses the proposition to make English the official language of the United States. They both are argumentative essays, in which authors try to persuade the audience using facts and evidence to support the claim they are making (Argumentative essays, n.d.). The essays differ in their style, with Baron’s essay being written in a satirical tone. Kristof presents the audience with an argument (that guns should be regulated as cars) and draws convincing evidence to prove his point (Kristof, 2014). Baron’s essay takes a satirical approach to the matter, claiming that the English language should be banned rather than given an official status because no one uses it correctly (Baron, 2015). His narrative is aimed at bringing readers’ attention to the faults of society to correct them.
Baron’s essay seems to be more convincing in defending the author’s position. By exaggerating the problem and proposing an absurd solution, he manages to focus readers’ attention on the extent of the issue. Throughout the essay, Baron uses historical examples to support his point of view. In the concluding paragraph, he writes, “Prohibiting English will do for the language what Prohibition did for liquor. Those who already use it will continue to do so, and those who don’t will want to try out what has been forbidden” (Baron, 2015, para. 11). This claim works because it makes the author’s position clear: he wants for the language to thrive and is concerned with its decline, and satirically suggests banning it for his proposition to have an adverse effect.
Baron, D. (2015). Don’t make English official, ban it instead. Web.
Kristof, N. (2014). Our blind spot about guns. Web.
Argumentative essays. (n.d.). Web.
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