The contradictive topic of environmentalism leads to unproductive discussions. Edward O. Wilson’s satire illustrates this concept through a unique structure, parallelism, and diction. The discussions of the topic, environmentalism, are unproductive and redundant in nature.
The parallelism of the two passages show how contradictive both arguments are. In the beginning, the passages both share the commonality of name calling. The use of parallelism illustrates how a discussion of this topic is useless. If both sides of the argument are only coming up with statements to oppose each other, there can not be a clear victor. In this ...view middle of the document...
This also emphasizes on the parallelism of the two passages. Parallelism in the entirety of the passages exemplifies that the nature of such discussions are ridiculous and unproductive in nature.
The satirical lens of the literary work cannot be over looked. The sarcastic and critical diction emphasizes on the opposing attitudes about environmentalism. Additionally, the ridiculing natures of these passages are illustrative of how the opposing sides will never agree. “We call them greens, enviros…or environmental wackos,” shows the critical perspective of the environmentalist critics. “But we know them more accurately as…brown lashers, wise users…,” makes the distinction that neither side of the argument will ever agree. The idea is stated that they will not agree, and a discussion of the matter is unnecessary and will not make any progress in the world. The mentioning of the political position also adds to this idea. Stating that the environmentalists are from “the far left” wing, and the critics belong to a capitalist power form the right wing community.
The passages by Edward O. Wilson, illustrate the unproductive and wastefulness of discussions about environmentalism. Rhetorical devices such as definite structure, ridiculing diction and parallelism stress the idea that such conversation and issues are redundant in nature. Showing how the “wackos” and “wise users” of the world will never unite due to an uncommon agenda and belief.