Rhetorical Analysis

Rhetorical Analysis on ‘Inequality and the American Dream’
“A Fair Analysis Based on Inequality and the American Dream”

  The United States economy took a turn for the worst in the year 2006. Consumption declined the most it had in three years[1]. Job opportunities also declined 15% from 2004 to 20061. Because many could not afford to buy new homes, the prices of houses declined by a staggering 6.6% rate just from 20051. In addition, wages and salaries compiled only 51.4% of the national income1. This is the lowest percentage ever recorded. Though the financial circumstances of many Americans weakened, circumstances of those wealthier did not change as drastically. In the essay “Inequality and the American Dream”, the anonymous author lays out defects in the American economy emphasizing its unequal spread of wealth and benefits and favor for the rich. The author makes an effective argument through the usage of pathos; however, the essay has weakening points in the essay when using logos and ethos.
  “Inequality and the American Dream” was published in the Economist newspaper, a business and political newspaper in London during the summer of 2006. The anonymous author reiterates throughout the essay that although America is the “world’s most impressive economic machine” (page 257), it still “needs a little adjusting” (page 257). The author also restates throughout the essay how influential the American economy model is to countries world-wide. During an early transition in the essay, the author mentions that ratios of Americans feel “unhappy” (page 257) over the United States economy. As the article continues to unfold, the author unravels the unfortunate truths behind the American economy; that an individual’s academic qualifications and skills are no longer enough for financial success in America. The author also states that inequality is not entirely immoral if three criterions are satisfied. These criterions generally provide an individual with equal...