The article “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” is written by Josh Trepanier. Trepanier thinks that politeness is increasingly ignored by people from a few decades ago. In this article, Trepanier gives reasons to make sure that respect is slowly going away. Detailedly speaking, the author’s first main point is that whose fault results in the decline in etiquette. Secondly, the author points out that the way in which the elders were treated has become the American display, which shows people’s disrespect towards the elders. Finally, teachers often encounter bad manners of students in the United States. In my opinion, according to Trepanier’s argument, I think there are some examples where he could have used specific numbers. One of the positive qualities about his essay is that he uses logical arguments in all of his main points. However, one negative aspect of his essay is that he uses some examples which fail to support argument and make it more persuasive. .
First of all, Trepanier could have used specific numbers in some iconic examples of his essay. In both the second and the third main point, he uses iconic example that people were talking and had things to care about. In the second main point, Trepanier describes the phenomenon that more and more seniors live in nursing homes. Trepanier takes this more popular social issue as an example to make people have violent feelings. In the third main point, Trepanier describes “Teens are no longer afraid to talk back to teachers.” In my opinion, this problem is also a popular social issue because most people think that we should respect parents, our first teachers who teach us how to walk and speak. Moreover, they give us assurance of life. However, teachers in school or university teach us how to be a truthful person and help us with our learning. Therefore, teachers should be our second parents. We should respect them in the way how we respect our biological parents. Trepanier’s argument gives me a strong feeling. However, for these examples, Trepanier could have used some reliable statistics in his argument, including the numbers of how many nursing homes in the country, and how many seniors live in nursing homes. The third main point of example which Trepanier can make sample survey is about the number of students who disrespect teachers in school. The specific numbers can make people know the seriousness of the problem.
Moreover, another positive quality about his essay is that he uses sound specific arguments in all of his main points. In the first main point, Trepanier says that whose fault is lead to the decline in etiquette. Secondly, besides, how the elders were treated is become the American display this most of disrespects in how the elders is treated. Finally, the teachers often encounter the bad manners of students in the United States. In my opinion, Trepanier’s arguments are sound iconic issue in our life.
Finally, a negative aspect of his essay is that he uses some examples which cannot make his argument stronger. In his first main point, he talks about how kids show disrespect by wearing hats at table. In my opinion, this is not a specific example because this is not considered rude in our modern culture. Maybe this was considered disrespectful in an age of our parents, but now it is not so anymore because along with the time development, people do not think about things in a traditional way as parents allow children to wear hats at table because they think the weather is cold and hats can keep them warm. Therefore, Trepanier could have used a better example to show how kids use bad words when they talk with parents because whether now or in the past, no one can accept the fact that the kids use bad words to talk with parents. In the second main point, he talks about the elders show disrespect on the road. This is not very true. For instance, in daily life, we often come across the fact that old drivers would like to overtake or honk horns when the cars in front of them drive too slowly. So this example is not a serious issue. Therefore, Trepanier could have used better example to show the elder’s place in his family.
To sum up, the article “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” which is written by Trepanier has shown us a truth that has some negative but almost positive effccts. It would be better if Trepanier puts some specific number into the essay and uses some iconic fact to support his main points. Basically, Trepanier gives us logical explanation and specific example. His essay will be clearer and more convincing that all people can acknowledge the problem.