I need a comparison essay that is approx. 750 words. It needs to be 5 paragraphs long (including introduction and conclusion paragraph). The goal for this essay is to compare and contrast how persuasion and bias is effectively used or concealed through 3 different forms of storytelling. The 3 forms of storytelling are podcast, documentary and non-fiction book, each of these must use proof from its corresponding text: podcast – Serial season 1, Documentary – Grizzly Man, Non-Fiction Book – Guns Germs and Steel. Serial can be found easily online for free and Grizzly Man can be found on YouTube. Guns Germs and Steel however may cost money, because of this I am happy to provide any quotations you think would work just ask me for what it should relate to.
Conveyance of Persuasion and Bias in the Stories Guns Germs and Steel, Grizzly Man, and Serial Season One.
In the process of retelling a story, bias and persuasion arise due to alteration of original content and subjective nature of the storyteller. The expressions and quotations used by the different authors of the documentaries, podcasts, and books, are responsible for bringing out the main theme of the narration. The discussion creates a comparison of Serial season 1, Grizzly man and Guns Germs and Steel use of bias and persuasion in the narration of the stories.
Persuasion and bias forms are concealed in the documentary for the audience to figure out. The storyline gives a vivid account of the life of Treadwell love for bears and animals but was later murdered with his girlfriend, Amie by the same bears he loved. Herzog narration of the documentary is biased towards the negative acts performed by Treadwell. Herzog uses persuasive language in a concealed manner to convince the audience that Treadwell was an environmentalist suffering from emotional distress and was hiding behind animal care to hide his true identity and personality. Using words like “samurai” and “warrior” in the film, though not straight forward, he was persuading the listeners to think Treadwell as a fake person trying to champion for the rights of animals. He uses some of the videos shot by Treadwell before he died while in the wild camp, to convince the audience of Treadwell close proximity with wild animals, which infringed on the laws and natural habitat of animals. In a hidden bias manner he says, Treadwell said if there was a god, he will be pleased of me and my works” (Herzog). Additionally, he said, “Treadwell only saw himself as the savior and guardian of the bears, who fought the bad people harming animals, but ironically, all the land here is protected by the federal law” (Herzog). To persuade the listeners, Herzog goes ahead to interview one of the Ph.D. academicians, Sven, who confirms to us on how Treadwell disrespected and harmed the bears through his unconventional way of habituating bears to live with human beings.
Koenig Sarah conveys bias and persuasion in the serial season 1 podcast by admitting Adnan, the suspected killer of Hae Lee has earlier asked her to do the documentary. Koenig said, “How could Adnan be convicted of the murder if he himself asked me to document the events” (Koenig). In the case above, Sarah the narrator is trying to convince the audience of Adnan innocence. The documentation of various events leading to the murder is a persuading style Koenig is using to try and bring out the truth in the murder case. Interviewing other friends of Adnan like Jay is used throughout to confirm the road map of the case. Koenig expresses some bias in the case by selectively looking for evidence of Jay conversations with the detectives and ignoring other friends like Mark and Patrick. She says, “I have no idea of detectives’ interviews with Mark” (Koenig). Additionally, she is convinced that Jay story is untrue by saying, “I am sure Jay story of Patrick meeting with them after buying weed is not true” (Koenig).
The book Guns Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond is narrated in a less persuasive and biased manner, as the events of how the world evolved differently in each continent are true events that happened. According to Diamond 1999, the various parts of the world developed due to farming activities, others through hunting and gathering, and finally others through industrial revolution (13). The content in the book is less persuading the readers as Diamond is trying just to answer the question posted by Yali concerning the disparity that existed between other countries in Africa like Guinea and America. There is a small element of persuasion as Diamond says, “This book tries to answer the question by Yali, which has remained a mystery for a while” (Diamond 15).
From the above discussion, it is apparent that persuasive and bias are used in the three stories. There is a high similarity in the podcast and documentary since the narration is outrightly portraying convincing and bias elements of storytelling. The difference is reflected when comparing the non-fiction book with the documentary and podcast. Because of the historical nature of events in the book, Jared Diamond does not have tough moments convincing the audience to accept the events. The events truly happened; thus Diamond is narrating how the events happened, which people can verify from the historical information. The other two that is Grizzly Man and Serial season 1, the reader has no basis of verifying the information, thus Herzog and Koenig have a duty of convincing people of what they are narrating.
Diamond, Jared. Guns, Germs & Steel: The Fate of Human Societies. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1999.
Herzog, Werner. “Grizzly Man 2005 German 1080P”. Youtube, 2005, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efNtliiyT3M.
Koenig, Sarah. “Season One”. Serial, 2014, https://serialpodcast.org/season-one.