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Firstly, Whippman’s argument was very interactive in terms of how
relatable it is towards the audience. Whippman first starts off her argument by
telling the audience about her personal experience of finding happiness. This
allows the audience to relate to her story and because of this, be pulled into
her argument and be more inclined to believe her stand. She also points out
information that the audience can easily agree with or relate to. For example,
she stated that “the average American now spends less than four minutes a day hosting
and attending social events…” (Whippman, 2017, Para 9) due to the strive to
find happiness within. She continues to write that “That’s 24 hours a year,
barely enough to cover Thanksgiving dinner, and your own child’s birthday
party.” (Whippman, 2017, Para 9). How Whippman includes the fact that we are
not spending enough time with our families is very relatable, hence allowing
the audience to take a step back and reflect for a bit, reeling us just that
bit into her argument and finally convincing us that her stand is indeed
correct. As compared to Grave’s article, it has more of a negative tone in the
very start of his article, which puts audiences down, at least that was how I
felt when I read it. Especially when he stated this part: “But will all this
make you happier? Sure, but only temporarily (sigh)” (Grave, 2017, Para 1).

This makes the audience feel as though Grave is trying to dictate what
happiness means to us, like he is trying to set a straight path as to how
happiness is strived for in every single person. Everyone’s happiness is
derived differently, we should not be told what to feel or how much time should
we feel this way if that is not how we originally were. Hence, I felt that
Grave’s tone was very off-putting and did not encourage the audience to read on
further. Therefore, to conclude, Whippman’s argument was much more relatable to
the audience as compared to Grave’s argument, hence, it was a more persuasive
case.

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