How does the style of Silent Spring affect Rachel Carson's purpose in writing the book?

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By writing a popular nonfiction book, Rachel Carson hoped to sound a wake-up call that would reach and affect the maximum number of people. She wanted to combine scientific evidence with compelling stories and vivid descriptions to make her text relatable.

While Carson provides ample, well documented empirical data, she also tells elaborate tales that read like classic folk tales or parables. Using devices of parallelism and inversion in the first chapter, she paints two mirror-image pictures of two possible scenarios.

In addition, Carson deploys a three-pronged rhetorical strategy with ethos, logos, and pathos to get her message across and stimulate the reader to take action. Combining appeals to reason (logos) and to emotion...

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