Fish walks us through several kinds or genres of argument. They take place in different contexts and, according to Fish, they follow different patterns, conventions or rules. While Fish does not seem to say that learning the rules provides a simple and certain route to success, he does suggest that conducting the wrong kind of argument can be a disaster.

Choose two of the major contexts Fish discusses (Political, Domestic, Legal, Academic). Write 3-4 paragraphs (total) in which you explain how the types differ, according to Fish. Then either offer your judgement of his claims about these two kinds of argument OR explore the difference in terms of an argument you have witnessed or in which you participated.

Please reference at least two specific moments in the reading via direct quotation or paraphrase, citing your source in simple MLA form. For example, Stanley Fish makes the astonishing assertion that “Words make the world” (96).