Obituary Analysis

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In a New York Times obituary of Dr. John F. Burke, the author starts with a nontraditional lead. Rather than follow standard format, the author chooses to focus on the notable achievement of Dr. Burke. He then follows the non traditional lead with a traditional paragraph explaining the cause of death with an attribution and the rest of the obituary follows the traditional format.
The lead works in this case because it is emotionally compelling. By describing the number of lives that Dr. Burke impacted with his invention it makes the reader interested in the impact of this man's life right away.
The obituary differs from a resume because it allows for a more detailed view of the person's life in a few key areas. A resume tends to give a very disconnected overview of accomplishments without giving a reader a glimpse into the life and character of the subject.
This obituary uses sources that include the subjects wife, his colleague, and quotes from the subject.

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