Articles on World Poverty Analytical Essay by Neatwriter

Articles on World Poverty
Critique of two articles on world poverty "The Singer Solution to World Poverty" by Peter Singer and "Live Free and Starve" by Chitra Divakaruni.
# 61619 | 1,574 words | 0 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Oct 16, 2005 in Economics (International) , English (Analysis) , Sociology (General)

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Peter Singer and Chitra Divakaruni each offer a powerful commentary on world poverty. Both of their respective essays, "The Singer Solution to World Poverty" and "Live Free and Starve" demonstrate good writing skills and rhetoric are therefore worthy pieces for inclusion into any book club. This paper however explains that of the two authors, only Divakaruni has first-hand experience of poverty. Singer's argument, while more shocking and powerful than Divakaruni's, falls short because of his lack of personal credibility and his over-reliance on making the reader feel guilty.

From the Paper:

"According to Australian author Peter Singer, we live in a cold and heartless world. The analogies in his essay "The Singer Solution to World Poverty" bluntly suggest that we in the Western world are guilty of crimes against humanity simply by not donating $200 or more each month to charitable organizations. His first story is based on a Brazilian movie called Central Station. The protagonist in the film was offered a thousand dollars to usher a child to his killer. When Dora discovers what she has done, she resolves to make amends. However, Singer twists the tale around to make it seem as if we, the readers of his essay, are guilty of a crime. Like Dora, however, we readers are not guilty of the crimes Singer is accusing us of. Furthermore, Singer offers us no ethos in his argument. His "solution to world poverty" is based purely on opinion and intellectual babble, not on experience."

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