Task 1A: The effect of language features and literary devices

Outline of Robert Reich’s text

In “Trump’s America: Open to Global Capital, Not People”, Robert Reich comments on a statement made by US President Donald Trump. While in Davos, Switzerland, Trump told CEOs and financiers that America is a great place to make money because it has lowered taxes and rolled back regulations.

Reich talks about how Trump does not welcome immigrants into the US but, instead only welcomes global capital. However, Reich argues that global capital only cares about a high return on its investment. Reich also reminds readers that global capital does not automatically create jobs.

He also suggests that we have been aware of the dangers of capitalism for a long time, as we have created regulations as safeguards. Reich also states that global capital came to the US because of the country’s productivity and capacity for innovation, and that this is in danger of being undone by people such as Trump and others who only want to make money.

In Reich’s opinion, the economy is represented by real people, including immigrants and their families, not just by money. America will not be made great again through global capital, but through the people who come to the US seeking a better life.

Language features and literary devices

In the article, Robert Reich criticises Donald Trump’s approach to the economy and immigration, arguing that America is made great by its people, including immigrants, and not by global capital. To enhance his message, Reich uses the following language features and literary devices.

Allusions and direct references

In his text, Reich alludes to Donald Trump’s anti-immigration policies and the increase in deportations in the US: “Here’s what Trump says to ambitious young immigrants around the world, including those brought here as children: America is closed.” (ll. 4-5)

Reich then references ‘The New Colossus’, an American sonnet engraved in bronze and mounted on the Statue of Liberty. The reference is used here to suggest that Donald Trump’s anti-immigration stance is un-American: “Forget that poem affixed to the Statue of Liberty about bringing us your poor yearning to breathe free. Don’t even try” (ll. 5-6). The reference specifically addresses one of the most famous lines of the poem: “Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”. ...

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