Fox hunting and how two newspaper articles refer to it differently.

Essay by brunette_barbieHigh School, 11th grade November 2003

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Fox Hunting

In September 2002, a march took place called the "Liberty and Livelihood" march. It was held in London and 400,000 people took to the streets to show what they thought of the possible forthcoming ban on fox hunting.

There were two different articles we found written about the event, one for, and one against the ban. The first was written by an English journalist, the second by an American author, Julia Maynett.

The headline for the first piece is "A March for Blood Thirsty Anarchists". I think this conveys the correct thoughts of the writer straight from the start.

The first few paragraphs may be a little misleading to start with, as they reporter writes about the 'flawlessness of their operation' and 'the polite exuberance of the marchers', but then he goes on to call them 'country bumpkins' and says they are the 'Tweed army'. I think he may do this to try and confuse the reader as to what he believes in order to get them interested.

He uses the same strategy again later on in the piece saying 'It was an oppression of the ordinary, decent rural folk by a spiteful urban elite.'

Throughout the passage, one sentence really stands out to me; 'It was the unspeakable in pursuit of the undemocratic.' I think this shows the journalist's true feelings of the whole event, clearly stated in one short sentence. It makes it clear that whole affair is in his view, a charade and that neither of the debaters, the protestors nor the government, should be right. I don't think he agrees fully with the ban on fox hunting, but he is probably leaning more towards that than to leaving fox hunting alone.

The whole piece is quite long, and during it, the reporter states that...