Comparing Authority In Hope Leslie, Dinosaur In The Haystack, And A River Runs Through It

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Authority in Hope Leslie, Dinosaur in the Haystack, and A River Runs Through It

Authority is portrayed differently by each individual in life. Authority is portrayed by knowledge, wisdom, tone, and wording. The languages of authority are too numerable to count. In the novels Hope Leslie, Dinosaur in the Haystack, and A River Runs Through It the authors use three different techniques to portray authority while using religion and scripture to describe their arguments.

Stephen Jay Gould demands authority because of the extensive studying he performs and yearns for knowledge that he possesses. Each of the essays that he presents has scientific merit and has been extensively studied. By writing about natural science and specifically evolution, Gould displays his expertise and therefore his authority. Gould being a scholar and a Jew has extensive knowledge of the Old Testament. He includes scripture in his writing to support his theories and explain the mind frame of many Americans. In "Dousling Diminutive Dennis’s Debate Gould tells of the debate on whether the millennium starts January 1, 2000 or January 1, 2001. He dates the argument back to the Dionysuis mistakes when creating the widely accepted calendar based on the life of Jesus. He explains that the millennium has more of a religious base than a scientific base.

Gould does express his authority validly by writing about the wide array of his knowledge. He is knowledgeable in history, science, psychology, and other various areas of study. Gould tends to undermine the respect one has for his authority by being arrogant. The general tone he uses can be condescending at times. Although this arrogance affects the response to him as a person, it does not affect the point of the writing. Even with his arrogance, Gould accurately depicts his points.

In a somewhat different manner, Sedgwick portrays her authority through...

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