Whether of the family’s efforts. Lastly, Green

Whether
we realize it or not, we all make an impact on the world through our
consumption of materials. Author Penelope Green wrote “The Year Without Toilet
Paper,” published in 2007 in The New York
Times which describes the lifestyle experiment called No Impact. Although
Green concluded that the project may appear outlandish, she acknowledged the
cause of the experiment. She depicted the Beavan-Conlin family as a foil to the
common people throughout her article to show the importance of the family’s
efforts. Lastly, Green used logos from the title
through to the closing statement to emphasize the cause behind the experiment.

            No Impact was on the account of
Colin Beavan, Michelle Conlin and their 2-year-old daughter’s life of
eco-extremism: forgoing toilet paper, only buying organic food grown within 250
miles of Manhattan, and abstaining for the use of the television, the elevator,
incandescent light, dishwasher, coffee maker, or any form of carbon-fueled
transportation. Green concluded that the project “may seem at best like a scene
from an old-fashioned situation comedy and, at worst, an ethically murky exercise
in self-promotion” (Green).  She
sprinkled personal comments throughout in a quizzical and condescending tone to
express the absurdity regarding the extreme measures that the family was
willing to subject themselves to for this experiment.

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            In her article, Green used foil
based on the comparison of the Beavan-Colin family in contrast to the common
people. Green reported the acts she witnessed with precise journalistic
detachment.  “A visitor avoided the
bathroom because she knew she would find no toilet paper there… giving up
toilet paper seems a fairly profound gesture of commitment” (Green). She
indicated the difference between the Beavan-Colin family from the common people
by stating their commitment to giving up toilet paper which is considered extreme
for the common people. Her use of foil enhanced the importance of the
Beavan-Colin family along with their cause by displaying how much effort the
family was willing to make to improve the environment in contrast to the common
people.

            Along with the strong use of foil,
Green effectively made appeals to logos from the beginning of article’s title
to the very end of the closing statement. The title of the article entices the
reader to read further due to its profound description while the closing
statement of the article ends with Green quoting Mr. Beavan stating the cause.

“I’m just trying to put that energy to good use” (Green). Green incorporated
logos by showing the reader how the family’s one year of abstinence to toilet
paper is justified. This action appeals to logic by showing how people can use
things that they already have to help improve their environmental impact.

            In summary, Green emphasized the
cause behind No Impact through her usage of logos in her title all the way to
the closing statement. Her article displayed how the Beavan-Conlin family is a
foil to the common people. This article made me realize how most individuals
can consume material in a more efficient manner. Green’s article shows the
importance of believing in the things one can do in order to make a positive
impact