Every person and certainly every student has had their own positive and negative experiences with language. My personal background with writing and thus language has been very influential on me, particularly in my selection process for the pieces I would write about in this assignment. In this essay I will analyze the quotes by Stephen King and “A Case for Short Words” by Richard Lederer to demonstrate that although both arguments are effective, Lederer’s is the strongest.
I selected the pieces by Lederer and King because, to me as the reader, they where the most convincing of the writings provided. However, this is in no small part due to my own experiences with language. You see, I find English classes (for that matter papers) and complex readings to be terrifying. So the idea of working with an article by an author I’m very familiar with, like Stephen King, or one discussing the importance of not over complicating a text by trying to use large words, such as Lederer did, eased my anxiety enough to allow me to be more receptive to each of their arguments.
Lederer states his thesis, that using short words is just as good, if not better than using long ones clearly in the first line of his article and follows it up consistently throughout the writing. This makes it easy for the audience to know what argument Lederer’s trying to make. Not to mention being helpful to me, in my efforts to determine if he has adequately supported his claim, which he undoubtedly does. On the other hand, it is up to the reader to figure out what they believe the overall claim of the compilation of King’s quotes is. Which, I interpreted to be, that language and writing are difficult and the only easy thing about it is avoiding them all together. However, the fact that the reader has to do so much work to conclude what the claim is greatly detracts from the effectiveness of the Kings piece.
This demonstrates that the two pieces are extraordinarily diverse, mostly as...