Rhetorical Devices in Freakonomics
Freakonomics Assignment August 2015
Argument: What Do Schoolteachers and Sumo Wrestlers Have in Common?
Based on Paul Feldman’s findings, the authors of Freakonomics argue that a person, who is faced with an efficient way to cheat, will not necessarily choose to. The data involved in Feldman’s accidental bagel study proves that not all humans are corrupt. However, …show more content…
Argument: Where Have all the Criminals Gone?
Even though expert criminologists determined that future American crime rates would rise, this was not the case. Crime rates actually went down over the next few years. There are many possible factors contributing to this, including the economy. However, the authors argue that this is not the case. The legalization of abortion highly contributed to this drastic fall. Less unwanted children, the less crime there will be. 1. Irony- “Madame Ceausescu, known officially as the Best Mother Romania Could Have, was not particularly maternal.” (Levitt/Dubner 116) 2. Allusion- “...”our Athenian period”