Outline for “The Menace of Negative People”

Outline
Title – “The Menace of Negative People”
Author’s Name: Barbara Ehrenreich
– Born in 1941
– PhD in Biology
– Received numerous grants and awards
Publication – This is an excerpt from Bright-Sided which was written in 2009.
Central Idea – Our world is all about being positive, but positivity isn’t always a good thing.
Genre/Style – It is a philosophical and somewhat sociological article that describes how people, especially Americans, like to have positive thoughts and do what we can to eliminate negative ones but that can cause problems.
Purpose – The purpose is to convey to the readers that we are born as optimists but we need to let a little pessimism into our lives so we can be rational.
Tone – It is somewhat informal. It feels like the author is talking to you.

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