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Rhetorical Analysis

Rhetorical Analysis

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Streepey 1Lindsey StreepeyMultimedia Writing and RhetoricMr.Milberger January 25, 2013Sonnet AnalysisIn the sonnet
The World is Too Much With Us
William Wordsworth describes how theworld during the Industrial Revolution is so convoluted that society does
not realize the world‟s
natural beauty
.
He thinks that humanity is too absorbed with obtaining frivolous objects and, as aresult, society does not have time to value the world and everything it has to offer 
.
Wordsworth
thinks that society‟s obsession wit
h
“getting and spending” has affected their 
ability to appreciatethe earth in its natural state
.
 
William Wordsworth uses pathos to portray the disturbing culture of the Industrial Revolution where people are obsessed with power and money and disregardnat
ure‟s natural beauty because they are absorbed with themselves.
The tone of the poem is mournful and sorrowful because the author is disheartened atwhat he sees happening in the world during the time of the industrial revolution
.
During the 19
th
 century, having power was a critical goal of most people during that time period because of theIndustrial Revolution when this sonnet was written
.
Wordsworth wrote about nature because he
“developed a great love of nature” (Fralin 1).
The attainment of power is one of the reasons thatthe appreciation of nature has depleted. People became focused only on themselves and lookingout for what was the best for themselves.
Wordsworth focuses on the “materialistic mindset
[that] threw society out of harmony wit
h nature” (British Literature Responses 1).
It is because of 
society‟s fixation with materialistic objects that they cannot recognize the true beauty of nature.
 
 
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The sonnet is focused around humanity‟s failure to appreciate the world for what it is
.
However 
,
the disregard of nature represents a deeper problem within our society
.
Our world isfocused around power and money
.
This has lead to the destruction of the natural world and thehope that the world will go back to the way it was is also destroyed
.
The sonnet was written
during the first Industrial Revolution when society was focused on the urban life because that‟s
where the factories were
.
 
Wordsworth states “little we see in Nature that is ours
.
” Most of the
world has been man made and is artificial by this point in time
.
Because of this, society lost itsconnection to nature
.
He writes that “we are out of tune” w
ith the natural world becausehumanity is too involved with themselves
.
Humans did not notice the beauty that nature has tooffer 
.
He mentions
that he is “standing on [a] pleasant lea” which is a pasture
.
He is looking atthe world around him without the distractions of the society during his own time period
.
He
thinks that it is “forlorn” and plain without the embellishments humanity ha
s added to it
.
However, he doesn‟t
give an opinion of whether or not he likes how calm and plain the meadowis
.
This allows the reader to determine whether or not the plainness of the pasture is a good thingor not.
Wordsworth‟s focus on nature in the sonnet emphasizes society‟s stark neglect of nature
.
 Wordsworth uses pathos to draw to the emotion of the reader to realize that the world isin fact too overwhelming
.
He thinks that the world has been taken over by us and therefore wecannot understand that it is necessary to take time and focus on nature
.
 
When he describes “Little
we see in Nature that is ours
he is appealing to
society‟s sight and describing that th
ey have blindness to what is happening around them in nature
.
It is a scary realization that they are as
 
Streepey 3good as blind when it comes to the world around them
.
The frightening awareness will causesome people to want to discover nature if they have become too involved in their own interests
.
Wordsworth
then uses sound to appeal to the reader‟s sense of hearing. Wordsworth says „howthe winds will be howling at all hours.” But he is not referring to the actually wind, he isreferring to “internal noises, or the noise of industry at all hours” (Fralin 1).
 Normally wind isassociated with nature and the wind blowing through the tress but the reader is taken aback whenit is realized that Wordsworth is referring to the sound of industry. It is apparent thatWordsworth
wishes we could recognize nature‟s inner 
 beauty
.
 
Wordsworth‟s subtle use of pathos is present throughout the poem and draws to theemotions of the reader in order to stress humanity‟s disregard for nature
.
Wordsworth seems asthough he is depressed for the lack of appreciation for nature
.
He
says, “W
e have given our hearts away
.
” This line draws attention to the word “heart” because it is the part of our body that
feels emotions
.
Wordsworth thinks that because society has overlook nature that they cannothave feelings as well and have therefore given away their own hearts
.
The inability to feelsadness or happiness is a result of our society because of their obsession with
getting and
spending” all the time
.
The recognition of what humanity has become can only restore their feelings as well as retain their hearts
.
Nature does not have the ability to move them at all
anymore, “It moves us not
.
--
Great God!” Even if their culture
were exposed to nature it wouldstill not move society because they would still not be able to appreciate it
.
 
“Move”
is also ametaphor for a change in emotion because civilization used to have emotion towards nature but

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