Taylor Koontz11/20/14Meyer 1BRhetorical Analysis “The C Word in the Hallways !n Anna "#indlen$s article The C Word in The Hallways% she disc#sses the nai&ety o' ad#lts and teena(ers ali)e when it co*es to the treat*ent% or lac) thereo'% o' *ental illnesses+ Thro#(h ,razenly criticizin( the i(norant -o-#lace o' A*erican ad#lts and de*andin( acco#nta,ility ,y directly ,eseechin( -arents% "#indlen #r(es -arents to reconsider how *ental illness is de'ined and treated in A*erica+ Thro#(h so*,er e&idence and case st#dies% "#indlen is a,le to easily address the *ain -oints o' her ar(#*ent+ .he #ses indi&id#al cases to &eri'y the se&erity o' ne(li(ence towards teens when they are yo#n(er+ The cases o' Ki- Kin)el and .a* Manzie show how ad#lts ha&e ,een i(norant toward their children -ossi,ly ha&in( a *ental illnesses% and that ,y the ti*e they are -ro-erly dia(nosed the da*a(e has already ,een done+ sin( these case st#dies -ro&ides lo(ical a--eal and *a)es ad#lts 'eel acco#nta,le toward the conse#ences o' their children$s actions+ Thro#(h "#indlen$s sarcas* and #ic) wit% she is a,le to create tension and con'rontation towards ad#lts and -sycholo(ist$s+ .he states ,l#ntly “-sycholo(ical inter&ention is chea-er than incarceration% ta)in( note o' the ways that the school ,oard and -arents ali)e are sha*in( *ental illness+ .he easily sha*es the *ental health syste*% #sin( the co*-arison o' eatin( a ha--y *eal in the sa*e a*o#nt o' ti*eit ta)es to dia(nose a child o' a *ental illness+ sin( credi,le so#rces s#ch as the 'ederal Center 'or Mental Health .er&ices she is a,le to con'ront and ,la*e ad#lts 'or their wron( doin(s+ .he s#--orts her *ain clai*% statin( “tal) thera-y% or e&en heart'elt tal)% is so*ehow sissi'ied% wea)+ .o*eti*es e&en their own 'athers thin) so% at least #ntil they ha&e to identi'y the ,ody+ These sentences intensi'y the article% #sin( -athos to 'oreshadow what co#ld ha--en i' we do not ta)e *ental illness and its treat*ent serio#sly+
The C Word in the HallwaysMitch Coombs
Anna Quindlen in the article, "The C Word in the Hallways" (1999), explains that teenage murder is horrible but it can be prevented. Quindlen supports her claim by giving in-depth details and specific statistics. The author's purpose is to inform people about this problem so that more parents would be aware with what goes on at their child's school. The author writes in a serious tone for her readers. I agree with Quindlen when she describes how teenage killers are victims of inadequate mental health care.
Some people say that inadequate mental health care is the main reason for teenage killing. Quindlen supports this when she says "Kip Kinkel, now 17, ...
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really don't focus on what goes on inside their child's head. Nobody can really tell if someone wants to kill somebody just by staring at them. Parents need to pay more attention to their child and how they act.
Anna Quindlen in the article, "The C Word in the Hallways" describes how teenage killers are victims of inadequate mental health care. She uses in-depth examples and exact statistics to support her ...
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