What textual and contextual elements indicate this column’s particular audience? Identify what you believe to be Murray’s central argument. Where does his argument become clear? How do the essay’s details and their arrangement, diction, tone, and structure contribute to its argument? What explicit statements does Murray make about photographs?
How do these statements contribute to the essay’s purpose, if at all? What is the importance of Murray’s use of antithesis in the essay? How do such juxtapositions jibe with his argument? How does Murray’s comment on our “ability to stop time in this way” mesh with the inclusion of the photograph? How does the comment deepen our understanding of his argument?