Ben Okri probably has a good chance of reaching his target audience with the article “ ‘I can’t breathe’: why George Floyd’s words reverberate around the world”. 

Firstly, Okri combines his various linguistic and argumentative features in a way that is likely to make the article convincing to his readers. For example, Okri uses figurative language and a poetic style to highlight the way George Floyd’s dying words reveal the core issues of racism and its consequences. In this way, Okri also appeals to pathos and instills in his readers feelings of sadness and anger caused by racial injustices, while also offering hope for the future.

However, it is also possible that Okri’s poetic language might be considered off-putting or inaccessible by some who would have preferred to receive hi...

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