He’s a Funny Guy
Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune
Throughout the highly regarded articles, Steve Chapman uses a sarcastic, yet simplistic tone to share his opinion on recent, historical events. In the past six to seven years America has been molded in a new sculpture. Chapman has taken these issues and “stepped-back” and saw what the average American’s beliefs are towards the optimism on the Iraq War, the threat of Islam, and the next presidential Election. All of these articles only seem to be random, but each article has a hidden message of relation back to the dreaded day of September 11th. Chapman defends his opinions by using an overwhelming amount of facts, as well as the use of sporadic humor throughout.
Chapman’s stress on tone is the most important yet dominant devise used in his articles. His generally bias opinions are delivered by using small to medium length sentences but with a highered word choice. His attitude towards the War On Terror, mainly concerning himself with Iraq, is simply there is no point. He uses his knowledge of satire to his advantage creating humor that is well needed in a topic of such. Chapman titles his articles as follows: More False Optimism on the Iraq War Petraeus the latest general with rose-colored glasses, Inflating the thread of radical Islam No, America is not fighting WW IV, and Energetic illusions Presidential candidate hammer ail alternatives, not feasible policy. More False Optimism on the Iraq War, only sets his tone to be nagging on generals false leads and delusions. Chapman asks his reader “ Who predicted that the average number of Americans killed each month this year would be 34 percent higher than last year?” Chapman uses many other rhetorical questions such as this one to ask a simple question to get the creative juices flowing, but more so to pick at General Petraeus’ assumption “lies” that things in Iraq are improving. Yet Chapman states some interesting facts that insurgents attacks...