1. We as humans feel the need totry and do as much activities as we can possibly fit into a “suitcase”, leavingus to miss out on the moments that give life meaning. We need to realize thedamage that we are creating because if we continue down this trend it couldlead to even less time with family, we should slow down and not try and fillthe “Suitcase” so easily, and try to live life to its fullest. One point tomake that advances the authors thesis is the contrast in paragraph A, the sceneseems as though it’s a joyful time between the son and father kicking around asoccer ball until Carl Honoré drew closer to find out the father was conversingon a Bluetooth cell phone that was clipped to his ear while absent mindedlykicking the ball back to his son. This contrasts the authors thesis because thefather is trying to pack his “suitcase”, jeopardizing his relationship with theson. Another point to advance the authors thesis is due to them referencingauthority.
In paragraph E, the author references Statistics Canada, thisreference strengthens the thesis by stating a fact “study released earlier thisyear showed that people who work spend 45 minutes less with their familiesevery day then people in the 80’s”. This shows that we are losing time withloved ones because we are thinking we are saving time but in reality, you arelosing time with your family. It also shows the trend that we slowly lose timewe spend with others.2. The author uses manydifferent types of elements of style to enhance the meaning of the essaybecause he/she wants to make sure that they get the best understanding of thepoint they are trying to get across.
One type of elements that the author uses,and I used to get the message across is simile. “By treating time like an emptysuitcase to be packed with as many activities as we can possibly stuff in” (B),This simile shows that as we would when we go on a vacation, we may not needeverything we stuff in the suitcase, though we try and stuff as much as we can,leaving us with little room to do the things we want. Even when there is roomwe try and fill it with something we may not even need. Another way that theyenhance the meaning is by descriptive detail, “But the real problem is nottechnology; it’s how we use it” (F). This shows the detail that we can blameanything on it being technology, for example people say guns kill people but,its people killing people. It shows that we are the only people to blame forwhat we are doing, yes technology might help us speed up things, but we are toblame for the things we do.