Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Reflection of Paper #4
I chose to write my fourth paper on Nigel Rothel's essay on "Zoos, The Academy and Captivity."
Prior to reading this piece, I wasn't aware of all the ambivalence people had towards them. I haven't been to a zoo in a few years and every time I did go to one I thought of them as interesting and educating. Zoos gave me a way to see exotic animals closely and give me an idea of how they live. However according to Rothel's analysis of zoos, quite a few people are against zoos and their attempt to replicate an animals habitat. Although I was leaning towards agreeing with Rothel's argument with zoos I found his approach to persuading the reader by opening up with a studying opposing his argument to be a poor choice. He began by mentioning a study done by Ray L. Birdwhistell and how through his kiesics approach he failed to recognize the relationship through human interaction with elephants. I think that in order to successfully persuade someone without questioning their opinion, one needs to use a strong source supporting your opinion instead of challenging it. The challenging source should be briefly mentioned in the concluding paragraph. Overall the paper did open my eyes to a different side to opinions on zoos which I found very intriguing and made me think differently about them.
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