Type
Essay
Pages
4 pages
Word Count
879 words
School
University of Alabama
Course Code
EN102

Disappearance Of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

June 7, 2021
Gambrell 1
Revised Text Analysis Essay
Disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370
In his article for The Atlantic magazine, “Good Night Malaysian Three-Seven-Zero,”
William Langewiesche explains the events leading up to the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines
Flight 370 (MH370) and discusses the conspiracy theories surrounding the investigation. By
including interviews with key researchers of the case, Mike Exner and Blaine Gibson,
Langewiesche attempts to establish the motive for the crash refuting the official report from the
Malaysian government. Langewiesche offers irrefutable evidence that sheds light on how eerily
incorrect the Malaysian crash report is written and suggests that the Malaysian government
knows more about the cause of the crash than they are willing to share. By using common
writing styles, a detailed account of events leading up to the plane’s disappearance, and the
introduction of doubt, Langewiesche is successful in his effort to make readers believe that the
Malaysian government is hiding something.
By combining common writing styles like tone, narrative interview, and exposition,
Langewiesche is effective in drawing the reader into the article. He alternates between describing
what the Malaysian government wants the world to believe and what his research proves to be
the truth. From the beginning of the article, the tone is dark and deceiving. The author’s thesis
the explanation lies not in the sea but on land-in Malaysia, where officials know more than they
dare to say” implies conspiracy and deception (1). Langewiesche incorporates narrative

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