A Nation of Grinders by David Brooks Essay

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Booker T. Washington once reminiscently wrote, "Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome" (Washington). Washington's conviction that success is to be defined by tenacity and achievements throughout one's lifetime directly corroborates David Brooks's credence that success derives from a sound work ethic and perseverance as demonstrated in his article, "A Nation of Grinders." The speaker, who is typified as philosophical and sage, argues to an audience comprised of average American citizens striving for prosperity, that success is not merely calculated based on materialistic possessions but rather by the acquisition of knowledge, experience, memories, and …show more content…
When Brooks humorously states, "celebrating executives who... do not follow the leadership secrets of George S. Patton or Attila the Hun" he is able to utilize his informative tone as well as his allusion to both Patton and Attila the Hun to demonstrate to the audience that modern day prosperity arises from neither brutal competition nor avaricious conduct but instead that success comes from working rigorously to achieve one's goals in life (para. 8). Through his usage of both a scholastic tone as well as elucidative allusions the speaker is able to effectively eradicate the traditional understanding of success and to instead characterize success as deriving from exceptional endeavors and contentment with one's place in the world. In order to effectively redefine success as the accumulation of fond memories and satisfaction with one's life through hard work and sound work ethic the author employs the use of striking analogies enhance his academic tone. By making comparisons the author is able to ensure that the audience finds his assertion that success is defined by tenacity rather than bourgeois gains both relatable and understandable by creating common ground through the usage of a didactic tone. When the author ruminatively states, "for every Bill Gates... there are millions.. doing well but not spectacularly, somehow not fulfilling the media image of corporate heroism" he compares the monetary

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