Essay On The Argument Clinic Sketch

Man: Ah. I'd like to have an argument, please.

Receptionist: Certainly sir. Have you been here before?

Man: No, I haven't, this is my first time.

Receptionist: I see. Well, do you want to have just one argument, or were you thinking of taking a course?

Man: Well, what is the cost?

Receptionist: Well, It's one pound for a five minute argument, but only eight pounds for a course of ten.

Man: Well, I think it would be best if I perhaps started off with just the one and then see how it goes.

Receptionist: Fine. Well, I'll see who's free at the moment.


Receptionist: Mr. DeBakey's free, but he's a little bit conciliatory. Ahh yes, Try Mr. Barnard; room 12.

Man: Thank you.

(Walks down the hall. Opens door.)

Mr. Barnard: WHAT DO YOU WANT?

Man: Well, I was told outside that...

Mr. Barnard: Don't give me that, you snotty-faced heap of parrot droppings!

Man: What?

Mr. Barnard: Shut your festering gob, you tit! Your type really makes me puke, you vacuous, coffee-nosed, malodorous, pervert!!!

Man: Look, I CAME HERE FOR AN ARGUMENT, I'm not going to just stand...!!

Mr. Barnard: OH, oh I'm sorry, but this is abuse.

Man: Oh, I see, well, that explains it.

Mr. Barnard: Ah yes, you want room 12A, Just along the corridor.

Man: Oh, Thank you very much. Sorry.

Mr. Barnard: Not at all.

Man: Thank You. (Under his breath) Stupid git!!

(Walk down the corridor)

Man: (Knock)

Mr. Vibrating: Come in.

Man: Ah, Is this the right room for an argument?

Mr. Vibrating: I told you once.

Man: No you haven't.

Mr. Vibrating: Yes I have.

Man: When?

Mr. Vibrating: Just now.

Man: No you didn't.

Mr. Vibrating: Yes I did.

Man: You didn't

Mr. Vibrating: I did!

Man: You didn't!

Mr. Vibrating: I'm telling you I did!

Man: You did not!!

Mr. Vibrating: Oh, I'm sorry, just one moment. Is this a five minute argument or the full half hour?

Man: Oh, just the five minutes.

Mr. Vibrating: Ah, thank you. Anyway, I did.

Man: You most certainly did not.

Mr. Vibrating: Look, let's get this thing clear; I quite definitely told you.

Man: No you did not.

Mr. Vibrating: Yes I did.

Man: No you didn't.

Mr. Vibrating: Yes I did.

Man: No you didn't.

Mr. Vibrating: Yes I did.

Man: No you didn't.

Mr. Vibrating: Yes I did.

Man: You didn't.

Mr. Vibrating: Did.

Man: Oh look, this isn't an argument.

Mr. Vibrating: Yes it is.

Man: No it isn't. It's just contradiction.

Mr. Vibrating: No it isn't.

Man: It is!

Mr. Vibrating: It is not.

Man: Look, you just contradicted me.

Mr. Vibrating: I did not.

Man: Oh you did!!

Mr. Vibrating: No, no, no.

Man: You did just then.

Mr. Vibrating: Nonsense!

Man: Oh, this is futile!

Mr. Vibrating: No it isn't.

Man: I came here for a good argument.

Mr. Vibrating: No you didn't; no, you came here for an argument.

Man: An argument isn't just contradiction.

Mr. Vibrating: It can be.

Man: No it can't. An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition.

Mr. Vibrating: No it isn't.

Man: Yes it is! It's not just contradiction.

Mr. Vibrating: Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position.

Man: Yes, but that's not just saying 'No it isn't.'

Mr. Vibrating: Yes it is!

Man: No it isn't!

Man: Argument is an intellectual process. Contradiction is just the automatic gainsaying of any statement the other person makes.

(short pause)

Mr. Vibrating: No it isn't.

Man: It is.

Mr. Vibrating: Not at all.

Man: Now look.

Mr. Vibrating:(Rings bell) Good Morning.

Man: What?

Mr. Vibrating: That's it. Good morning.

Man: I was just getting interested.

Mr. Vibrating: Sorry, the five minutes is up.

Man: That was never five minutes!

Mr. Vibrating: I'm afraid it was.

Man: It wasn't.


Mr. Vibrating: I'm sorry, but I'm not allowed to argue anymore.

Man: What?!

Mr. Vibrating: If you want me to go on arguing, you'll have to pay for another five minutes.

Man: Yes, but that was never five minutes, just now. Oh come on!

Mr. Vibrating:(Hums)

Man: Look, this is ridiculous.

Mr. Vibrating: I'm sorry, but I'm not allowed to argue unless you've paid!

Man: Oh, all right.

(pays money)

Mr. Vibrating: Thank you. (short pause)

Man: Well?

Mr. Vibrating: Well what?

Man: That wasn't really five minutes, just now.

Mr. Vibrating: I told you, I'm not allowed to argue unless you've paid.

Man: I just paid!

Mr. Vibrating: No you didn't.

Man: I DID!

Mr. Vibrating: No you didn't.

Man: Look, I don't want to argue about that.

Mr. Vibrating: Well, you didn't pay.

Man: Aha. If I didn't pay, why are you arguing? I Got you!

Mr. Vibrating: No you haven't.

Man: Yes I have. If you're arguing, I must have paid.

Mr. Vibrating: Not necessarily. I could be arguing in my spare time.

Man: Oh I've had enough of this.

Mr. Vibrating: No you haven't.

Man: Oh Shut up.

(Walks down the stairs. Opens door.)

Man: I want to complain.

Complainer: You want to complain! Look at these shoes. I've only had them three weeks and the heels are worn right through.

Man: No, I want to complain about...

Complainer: If you complain nothing happens, you might as well not bother.

Man: Oh!

Complainer: Oh my back hurts, it's not a very fine day and I'm sick and tired of this office.

(Slams door. walks down corridor, opens next door.)

Man:Hello, I want to... Ooooh!

Spreaders: No, no, no. Hold your head like this, then go Waaah. Try it again.

Man: uuuwwhh!!

Spreaders: Better, Better, but Waah, Waah! Put your hand there.

Man: No.

Spreaders: Now..

Man: Waaaaah!!!

Spreaders: Good, Good! That's it.

Man: Stop hitting me!!

Spreaders: What?

Man: Stop hitting me!!

Spreaders: Stop hitting you?

Man: Yes!

Spreaders: Why did you come in here then?

Man: I wanted to complain.

Spreaders: Oh no, that's next door. It's being-hit-on-the-head lessons in here.

Man: What a stupid concept.

(Detective Inspector Fox enters.)

In David Wright's video The Toulmin Model of Argumentation he explains the proceedings of creating a Toulmin style argument in academic writing. For our example we will use a thesis statement for an essay.

GeneralClaim: Your bold sweeping statement of argument - "Cars over 20 years old should not be allowed on the road"

SpecificEvidence: The "because" or "why" to your claim, with no hard data or support yet. - "Older cars pollute more and are less safe than newer cars."

Warrantthat points to the data: Look at your evidence and consider the points that you made about your subject. "Older cars are this, this and this compared to newer cars". In your warrant you must elaborate on your "this-es". Think of these as a sort of middle ground between the specificity of the evidence and hard data ("sub-reasons") - "Removing older cars from the road would result in a cleaner environment and fewer accident related injuries and deaths."

Backing with hard data: All of your hard data and factual support pertaining to the warrant. "Automobile exhaust is a major contributor to greenhouse gases... 50% or people with cancer use paper plates and drive Hummers. John Smith, who was arrested for burning oil barrels in his backyard, displayed a 400 White Blood Cell count..."

Rebuttals: Extra paragraphs or sentences that you would add concerning an opposing view. Extra kudos if you can defend your view against the opposing view. Think "kick your own butt"!

1. If your backing is "Automobile exhaust is a major contributor to greenhouse gases... 50% or people with cancer use paper plates and drive Hummers."

2. Someone could rebute by saying, "The causes of cancer are a medical mystery, and even enviromentalists develop it. So, a cancer is not a direct and singular consequence of pollution."

3. Then you could defend by saying, "In Bloomfield's 2008 study, it was discovered that a higher instance of remission in cancer patients was found in those who did not drive cars made after 2000. So although cancer is not caused by pollution, pollution by older cars is a related cause of more death within cancer patients, which makes them less safe to the health of humanity."

Qualifiers: Words added to the initial claim to tone down the "sweeping-ness" of the argument. - "Most cars over twenty years old should not be allowed unlimited access to the road."


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