Ursula Franklin, in her essay “Science and the Notion of the Commons,” sometimes uses the rhetorical technique of parallelism. Parallelism is especially evident in the nineteenth paragraph of the essay (the paragraph that begins “There is a critical juncture”). Examples of parallelism in that paragraph include the following:
- In the first sentence of the paragraph, Franklin refers to “the planned and the unplanned, the programmed and the unplanable.” The juxtaposed parallel phrases used here imply that Franklin has a comprehensive outlook – that she has considered various aspects of the issue at hand and will try to deal with the complexities of that issue.
- Later Franklin worries about a diminishment of space, “be it in the soundscape, in the landscape, and in the mindscape.” Once again, the parallelism implies the breadth of Franklin’s concerns...
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