Q) How has the writer of the text used style and language to convey meaning? By Hasina Hashmi.


The title of this passage, very clearly stated is ‘Human noise pollution is everywhere, even in the national parks.’ written by Sarah Kaplan. The passage talks about researchers and environmental scientists exploring the effect that noise pollution has on even the most secluded areas and how it is disrupting not only the peace and serenity of parks but also putting animals in danger. The extract is quite formal almost like an article that is criticizing noise pollution but also going into great description of the park itself. The tone is judgmental in a way and also uses many statistics to further explain dangers. The audience that can read this can vary from adults to young teenagers that contribute to noise pollution of our society.

Moreover the writer has used a variety of literary devices and figures of speech to further enhance the quality, style and language of her writing.

First of all the first thing that can be seen is the use of various numbers and statistics in the passage for example, ‘63 percent’ , ‘10 extra decibels’ or ‘a fifth of protected areas.’ Now when using a good amount of statistics in your passage gives a great proper sense to the audience that what is happening is real. It adds a certain amount of realistic weight on the readers which further convinces them and informs them to decrease their noise pollution in the area. Furthermore adding these details makes the passage more formal and when it is read by other scientists or journalists, etc there is a higher chance that it will be taken more seriously.

Jargon has also been used by the writer in almost every paragraph. ‘National Park Service’ or ‘ ecologist at Colorado State University.’ The main purpose of the writer is to inform people about the dangers of noise pollution so by using heavy jargon it is realized that all evidence has been taken by real life researchers and not by random thus more trust develops between reader and writer. And so people start taking into consideration the severity of the situation as it has been proved by reliable sources.

‘Whistling of the wind’ or ‘whispering of the branches’ is an example of personification being used in the extract. The writer used this device to specifically focus on the peaceful and calming environment of a park. This makes the reader realize that there is little to no less noise in a park that sometimes you can hear the wind passing by or how the branches rustle against each other. It’s a very soothing noise which further convinces the reader to decrease their noise pollution so that the calming environment around them does not get spoiled or disrupted.

The writer has also used pathos to bring about the emotional sense of the reader. She says ‘ putting wild animals at risk’ or ‘ noise from humans is frightening or distracting.’ So the writer is not only explaining how noise pollution can disrupt the serenity when people go to parks but it can also possibly put different animals at risk from predators due to the fact that the majority of animals rely on their sense of hearing. So the writer has not only used a fact to convince the reader but also told them that they could possibly save an animal’s life which gives the reader an emotional connection.

In conclusion the writer has used many literary devices to convince the reader how noise pollution is disrupting our society and used a great description to show the reader what they are saving.

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