Critical Analysis

Devin Selwood
English 135 A-18
Critical Analysis Assignment

Timothy Krahn’s essay, “Where are we going with preimplantation genetic diagnosis?” discusses Canada’s future role in preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and its possible moral outcomes. PGD is the “screening of cells from preimplantation embryos for the detection of genetic and/or chromosomal disorders before embryo transfer” (Oxford Journal, 1968); this means that parents can choose the traits of their future children or prevent possible genetic disabilities.   Krahn says, by letting society allow these controversial technologies we are discriminating against people with genetic disabilities and entering   “a culture of prevention and perfectionism” (Krahn, 2007); he is questioning whether or not these procedures should be allowed and what route Canada will decide to take. Krahn continuously uses specific strategies throughout his essay, such as, the use of secondary sources and appropriate language, and uses them effectively.

In the first body paragraph of this type A essay, Krahn did not inform the audience of his thesis statement; he waited until the end of the second paragraph. His thesis statement is that we, as society and as the audience, need “…to consider the moral dangers associated with this ruling in terms of its potential resonating effects on the normative fabric of our culture” (Krahn, 2007). The positioning of his thesis statement was affective because he presented recent information in order to immediately persuade the audience that PGD presents moral concerns. To immediately grab the attention of the readers, Krahn could have mentioned what PGD is in the introductory paragraph. As the essay continues, it is clear what the main idea of PGD is. It would have been helpful to include the basic components of the diagnosis at the beginning of the essay, because the essay seems to be directed to the public, and not everyone knows what PGD is.   Krahn said in paragraph one,...