For the analysis of a persuasive essay, the work by Kofi Annan, “In Africa, AIDS Has a Woman Face,” was chosen. The author’s goal is that there is no effective development strategy in which women do not play a central role. In particular, they are the essential helpers in the fight against hunger in their country (Van Rys et al., 2021). The writer’s thesis is that AIDS undermines the health of African women; it is necessary to go beyond past measures and find alternative solutions to cope with this problem. This thesis is persuasive and differs from the analytical and narrative in that there is a clear position of the author here.
The writer’s tone is calm, but at the same time and expresses a particular opinion on the subject; there is an appeal to the readers. The author not only raises an important issue but also logically structures his work, provides statistics and examples of different countries and relies on reports of competent organizations. All these factors effectively draw attention to the subject and make the arguments presented persuasive and authoritative. Annan’s work draws the reader into the topic through experience: he draws a parallel between the importance of women in Africa during times of famine and the need to help the African population fight AIDS. By presenting facts, expressing his position, and suggesting solutions, the author directly develops a compelling theme and causes readers to address their values, thereby arousing their interest.
Van Rys, J., Meyer, V., VanderMey, R., & Sebranek, P. (2021). The college writer: A guide to thinking, writing, and researching. Cengage Learning.