Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Overall, the widespread use of the internet has a mostly positive effect on life in today’s world.
The lecturer states that Chevalier's memoir is a pretty accurate and reliable source of historical events, while the author claims there was evidence of Chevalier being poor, imitating his conversation with famous writer Voltier and inventing an exciting story about his escape from jail. First, the writer claims that the evidence has recently surfaced that the Chevalier borrowed considerable sums of money from a Swiss merchant. Critics thus argue that if the Chevalier had really been very rich, he would not have needed to borrow money. However, the lecturer refutes this statement by claiming that Chevalier was a wealthy person but due to him using his money to gamble and also spending it on parties a lot, he borrowed a great amount of money from the switch bank. Later, he returned all the cash he borrowed back to the merchant, making the evidence of him being poor irrelevant. Second, the writer states that writing an accurate conversation with someone after a long time was quite impossible due to human memory not being advanced enough to remember conversations word by word after a long time had passed, so critics are skeptical about his memoir's accuracy. However, the Chevalier used to take notes on every night's conversation, the lecturer affirms, so he would be able to write the accurate phrases and extended conversation in his memoir. Third, the passage's author affirms that Chevalier bribed the jailer to escape from the prison and wrote a fake story to make his reading enjoyable.t The lecturer on the other hand refutes the idea. According to the evidence, the lecturer says that there was another powerful prisoner in that prison who couldn't bribe the jailer, which means it was not possible to escape in this way. Furthermore, according to government documents, the ceiling had to be repaired after Chevalier's escape; clearly indicating that his memoir was accurate. In conclusion, the lecturer is being correct about the memoir being the real deal coming from facts and evidence, meanwhile the author of the passage only based his opinion on the topic on theories not supported by anything but his feelings.
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