Hey everybody, could anyone help me with the essay? I hope it's not too long... Enjoy :D

[FONT='Times New Roman','serif'] [/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']How do Victorian houses, and verdant trees coincide with murders and shootings? Imagine a scene where you never feel safe or comfortable and you will have a sense of what Jim Myers is writing about. Myers’ article Notes on the Murders of Thirty of My Neighbors (March 2000)describes a very gloomy and sad situation that has been haunting his neighborhood for many years. Even though the text is in four parts, the writer accomplishes to keep the text consistent until the end. The reader cannot shake of the feeling that there is no hope, and that the only solution for young boys is to escape this community. His writing is very deep and personal, and on more than one occasion does it draw you in the story. Sometimes it seems that the stories are not real, as it is hard to imagine that such terrible events are happening near the US Capitol. Notes on the Murders, a text that might seem too personal at times, does a great job of describing violence that is happening now, while giving moral messages to the reader. [/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']Myers writes about violence in his neighborhood consistently throughout the four parts. There is no particular subject for each of the parts, and the periods it takes the reader to click on the next link serve as breaks from a very intense piece of writing. The writer also uses metaphors to bring each situation closer to the reader. In the first part of the text Myers writes that one of the boys’ bodies was “as limp as Jell-O”. He uses surprising statistics to reinforce the fact that he lives in a dangerous neighborhood. Also Myers does not just identify the victims by name, but also by adding some personal information about them, which makes the reader feel more compassionate. On top of all this, the writer never stops with the intense writing, making the reader at the same time intrigued and disgusted. All these tools make up for a very consistent piece of writing.[/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']One very clear point that Myers makes in his text is the fact that all these shootings happen so near Capitol Hill, without even being noticed. The first time he mentions Capitol Hill, is just the fact that his neighborhood is about a mile from there, however this establishes a basis for later criticism. Later he goes on to write that some residents of the more upscale parts close to the Hill do not even wish to recognize these murders, ending with a quote from a generic resident “That’s not the Capitol Hill we know”. In the third part Myers directly confronts the Capitol by sarcastically writing that the lawmakers “railed on about law and order and how nobody is above the law” except for his neighborhood which somehow manages to slip below. Finally the writer mentions the Capitol as a way of attracting attention. As he writes in the last part, he actually called the show America’s Most Wanted to ask for help with eighteen murders that happened just a few blocks from the US Capitol. [/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']Names make up for a large part of this article as they are used very often. Unlike most journalists, Myers has a personal agenda, and by listing the names and some information about the victims, he gets even closer to the reader. For example in the first part he mentions David and Paul; however he does not just end there. He also gives some background information on the victims, such as the fact that both of them were part of a group, and that they wore certain clothing. He then continues on to write about their past run-ins with the police. Even though this information might seem meaningless, it adds a more personal note to the whole text. As the text progresses, Myers continues to connect the names, and actually makes sense of the stories. This is first seen when Myers writes about Derek and Coy, who both died as victims of shootings. [/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']Myers plunges himself in the story, as one of the actors, instead of just writing as a casual observer. Other than the extensive use of “I”, the writer also correlates the victims, and their families with his own life. It is obvious that he knew many, if not all, of these people and that he was very close to some of the victims. For example, in the second part Myers writes about Derek, one of the shooting victims in 1997, to whom he talked on a daily basis. At this point Derek stops being just a name, and actually becomes a person who once had a life. Myers continues to make this mini story even more personal by adding the fact that Derek wanted to get out the street life. Myers continues on to write that Derek was “recording rap songs at a local studio, and had started attending church”. At this point the reader can almost feel compassion towards the victim and the neighborhood. Myers also points out that he could not recognize Derek after the shooting, partially due to him being shot in the head, but also because Derek “seemed like a stranger lying there still on the ground”.[/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']One factor that persists throughout Myers’ text is the desperation in his neighborhood. Even when he is not writing about actual murders, the reader still has a feeling that there is no hope for this community. Some might argue that this approach is harmful for the text, however it might also serve good to this type of article. In the last part, Myers makes a startling conclusion: no matter how he battles the system, the murder cases will all be forgotten very soon. Myers had put up posters; he has contacted America’s Most Wanted, and eventually succeeded in getting a reporter to visit the neighborhood. Though it might seem like he accomplished something in the end he admits that Lena Nozizwe, the reporter from Fox TV, only reminds him how much the murders are unjustified. [/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']“The pop-pop-pop of automatic-weapons fire is the tattoo we more often hear”. This statement in the second paragraph perfectly summarizes the atmosphere in Myers’ neighborhood. The writer of this article brings a very personal note when describing the murders as he is not using ordinary reporter tools. The US Capitol serves as a distant institution that looks down upon the city, while ignoring the cries of help from a neighborhood just a mile away. Myers criticizes this fact several times in the article. Also the writer never stops with the intensity, as he writes about the horrors and aftermath of these murders consistently through the four parts. As Myers describes the murders he uses names, and connects personal information to each of them thus creating a very unique effect. Now the reader is not just reading random facts, but about real people that once lived and had their own families. Finally Myers even tries to place some kind of hope into the story, mentioning that he even put up posters against violence. Also he managed to bring a reporter from Fox TV to the neighborhood which seems like success; however this just makes him realize how hopeless the situation is by ending on a very alarming note: “What good thing can I say about my country?”[/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif'] [/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif'] [/FONT]