In America, today many people often see things that need fixing, but do not speak up to get the problem fixed. Most of these people think someone else will speak up for them, so there is no need for them to speak up to resolve the issue. William F. Buckley Jr. points out we should be more willing to speak up when there is an issue with something in his essay, “Why Don’t We Complain?”
William Buckley’s purpose for writing “Why Don’t We Complain?” was to motivate readers to become more active in telling others their opinion. Buckley wants readers to tell our leaders when something is wrong, so they will fix the problem and make America a better place to live. He wants one to understand if we fail to tell someone about something that is broken, then not one person will suffer from the lack of communication. He gives us an example of this in his essay, “The movie ended, as it had faces in a variety of contortions to accustom the eye to the shock of normal focus. I think it was safe to say that everybody suffered on that occasion (66).” Buckley uses formal language to help persuade the reader to state their opinions in America. He talks about different situations where things are broken such as a railroad car’s air conditioner is broken and a movie theater’s movie screen is out of focus to help persuade the reader to speak up things are broken in life.
Many Americans prefer to sit back and let others act on the issues they have a problem with rather than speaking up themselves. However, the purpose of William Buckley Jr.’s essay is to persuade readers to speak up and voice any problems we have in society. He wants us to know it not only affects us, but it affects the country as a whole when we fail to act on our issues.
Buckley, William F., Jr. “Why Don’t We Complain?” (n.d.): 64-70. Print.