Thursday, September 23, 2010

Darwin's mastery of rhetoric

I can absolutely identify with the way in which Darwin used language to frame his argument throughout his book. His use of theatrical, repetitive language to get his point across was necessary in order to sway people quickly. Framing natural selection as the ultimate force in nature which is responsible for the changes and competition within and between species would have been simple to understand for anyone who believed in God as his language evoked the same sense of grand universality that the Bible did. As this argument was geared towards the "everyman", Darwin's writing had to have been easy to understand as well as forceful and thorough in order to also please the academics. His mastery of rhetoric is still impressive today making Origin an exciting and convincing read despite all of its controversy.
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