“Choking and Beating Patients” Nellie Bly

The title of Nellie Bly’s article, “Choking and Beating Patients”, immediately captured my attention.  It allows the reader to see controversy  and makes them want to read more.  In the lede, Bly uses the patient, Miss Tillie Mayard, to make the reader feel sorry for this person and want to know what has happened to her. I think Bly’s strategy here makes a good lede.  Although, I do believe the lede could have been a bit more dramatic since the title gives that impression.

The sources Bly uses in this article are patients and nurses from the asylum.  These are perfectly credible sources since they were the people who were there in this asylum and saw things first hand.  Bly mostly quotes conversations between the attendants and the patients.  This allows the reader to actually understand what was really going on in the asylum and to pity the patients.  The reader is able to see how mistreated the patients are and how cruel the attendants are.  Bly is undercover in the asylum so she can’t really get direct quotes from people asking about their feeling towards the way the asylum is run.  I would have liked to see more quotes from patients.

Bly’s article is more of a story than a news report.  Being undercover, she can’t interview people.  She can only write what she sees and hears.  The way she writes this article,  brings awareness to the issue without being boring.


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