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Argumentive Essay

1120 words - 5 pages

 Unit 4 assignment 1
"Ground Zero"
1. In Berne's essay "Ground Zero" the quote "But once your eyes adjust to what you are looking at, "nothing" becomes something much more potent, which is absense, she means that as her eyes finally adjusted to what was once there is no longer there, and that absense was a very overwhelming and powerful emotion. She says it looks like a construction site with trucks, and workers, and scaffholding. To a passer by that had no idea of what took place there on September 11, that it looks like "Nothing" Nothing but a construction site. The buildings that used to stand there and the people ...view middle of the document...

By this time there were hardly any remains of the towers left. Shattered windows and most of the actual building remains are covered in black plastic. She described the experience as "unbelievable" She said people would make rude comments about the experience, but they were unable to say what they were truly feeling because it went beyond anything they had ever seen before.
4. The area of ground zero contrasts with itself because the surrounding area is full of many people while ground zero is just empty. Berne reacts to this contrast with full enlightment because the busyness gives a sense of hopefulness, so the crowd's presence reveals a unity after a time of loss. The only emptiness there is, she implies, is in the peoples reactions, or facial expressions, because they have no way to show how they feel when they are there. She states " So much busyness is reassuring, and it is possible to stand looking at the cranes and trucks and feel that mild curiosity and hopefulness"
5. In Berne's conclusion when she says that with so many visitors coming to see ground zero, a form of "repopulation" is taking place. I think she means that before the incident, The World Trade Center was a place that was busy with people. There were so many people in this one area, and after the fact even though alot of these people are gone and new people due to their curiosity, are once again filling the space. People have been brought together by the tragic event. They are regrowing as a whole to become strong and rebuild what they had lost. She quoted " with so many visitors to this place, thousands of visitors, all of us coming to see the wide emptiness where so many were lost. And by the act of our visiting-whether we are motivated by curiosity or horror or reverence or grief, or by something confusing that combines them all-that space fills up again"
Purpose & Audience
2. I think Berne implie her thesis through emotions that the reader will be able to connect with. Also, I agree that Berene implies that you dont realize how meaningful something is until...

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