Q) How has the writer of the text used style and language to convey meaning? By Uzair Shah


The passage “Human noise pollution is everywhere, even in National parks”, written by Sarah Kaplan is from the Washington Post. The author writes the passage in an expository style and the purpose of it is informative about noise pollution. The audience can range from teens to young adults including people who are particularly fond about the given subject and wildlife. The tone is calm and quiet yet gives a sense of authority to the narrator.

One of the main ways the author interprets information to the audience is by using statistics. For example, “63 percent of protected areas”, and “14 percent of critical habitats”. These give the information perceived by the reader more meaning and it manipulates them into agreeing with the given facts. Thus this creates an involuntary sense of trust between the author and the reader.

The author uses an overstatement on line 6, “you could almost hear your own heartbeat”. She executes this statement in a way that it would be seen as exaggeration to make her point more dramatic. This is to give an idea to the readers of how quiet the valley really is which will attract the readers to want to know more about the place.

On line 8 the author proposes a rhetorical question, “shocking, right?” This manipulates the reader into agreeing with their view as it is already embedded into their minds that they already know what the answer is.

Although it is not said directly, persuasion is left to the reader as something to think about afterwards. In the last paragraph in which they not only talk about nature’s benefits like the rest of the passage, but they mention human benefits. This may have been for informative purposes but it also hints that the readers themselves should contribute in reducing noise pollution.

The author demonstrates reason and logic into her passage. In the third last paragraph she mentions step by step how plants have trouble reproducing due to noise pollution. This gives strength to their argument about the harm of noise pollution and leaves the reader with information they can pass on to others and thus they become interested in the rest of the passage.

The expository and persuasive style have achieved getting through to the audience and leaves an impact on them. In conclusion the readers will now have a different perspective of the wildlife and the impact of human pollution in general.

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