How does David Crystal win over so much logic and emotion from his audience? Do the rhetorical tools that Crystal uses aid in his overall success of the argument? Crystal is the author of many books on language such as “The Gr8 Db8” which discusses text language and its impact on society. The author’s undermined approach is shown through historical context, statistics and pathos to effectively reveal the mass spread of English, and the potential impact it will have on the world. Crystal connects with the audience to make them realize that something as simple as the language we speak, could have more of an impact on the world than ever imaginable.
Carmen Mejia RWS 200/Professor Copeland Rhetorical Analysis 25 September 2011 Project One: Rhetorical Analysis Many individuals believe that American life is purposefully programmed by their leaders to be simple and easy, in order to "deprive citizens from having to actually think for themselves and be independent" (154). John Taylor Gatto, an award-winning educator and ardent libertarian, is one of those individuals who argues that “we,” as in Americans, “are a nation of children” (155). Through his usage of rhetorical appeals such as ethos, pathos and logos, Gatto can construct an effective, thorough argument in his essay Against School. Gatto effectively uses personal anecdotes and ethical appeals in order to establish a general validity with his audience. He would also establish his own ethos by including his support for dignified persons that would validate his argument.
Success Through Success Ever pay attention to the manipulation of words used by presidents when giving a speech? Until reading “A Nation of Victims” by Reanna Brooks, and “Why JFK’s Inaugural Succeeded” by Thurston Clarke; the manipulation of words were subliminal. Brooks presents the audience with an analysis on President George W. Bush’s manner of speech. Brooks feels that despite his verbal blunders and linguistic stumbles, his words are purposely selected to hide certain issues and to negatively frame opposing view points. Also, Brooks says that Bush’s speeches are emotionally charged, “dependency-creating” and thus provoking fear amongst his listeners.
Huckleberry Finn begins, “You don’t know me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain’t no matter” (Twain 7). This opening passage helps the reader assume that, due to his use of slang, Huck is not well educated. The way Twain wrote allowed the reader to get a sense of the way people spoke back then and how different society was from the society of today. Due to his use of the common language, “’all modern American literature comes directly from … Huckleberry Finn” (Trilling 6). Alone, this profound influence on all American literature makes Huckleberry Finn worthy of being included in the canon of great American literature, but his exploration into a revolutionary relationship between a white boy and a runaway slave make it even more worthy.
Rhetorical Essay Michael Moore makes a clear proclamation in his excerpt “Idiot Nation” that America’s education system is drastically failing. Although America is the richest country, education has become less and less of a priority. Not only does Moore state the issue but he also explains ways we can resolve the situation and put the country back on top. Moore uses a plethora of different persuasive and rhetorical strategies to get his audience to understand his claim on the issue. One of the most unique rhetorical strategies he uses is belittling the public figures of the nation.
The society breeds ignorance of the physical change of a “true image” that is not subsequently developed, influences the fear of deviations. Firstly, Joseph Strorm is very strict and examines differences in appearances thoroughly to send people to suffer in the fringes afterwards. Joesph was struck when David stated
A More Perfect Union Critique “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.” These are the same words that were presented in the Constitution as well as used in Barack Obama’s speech, “A More Perfect Union” during his presidential primary campaign in 2008. His speech addresses the racism and inequality that still exist in America that is dividing American society instead of uniting it. Obama uses his own experiences to reach out to readers as well as using allusions from history and the patriotic meaning behind the history to incorporate pathos and ethos in his speech. Obama is successful in his writing because he is able to persuade the audience by appealing to their emotions, while using specific details to create more credibility
The Intro of the essay asserts the notion that the English language has been disfigured by the human race and is on the residual decline as a resultant. Mr. Orwell attributes this downfall to politics and economic causes but goes on to outline his remedy to correct what he refers to as a “reversible” process. George Orwell goes on to cite passages from several prominent essays and articles, concluding on the similarities in their staleness of imagery and lack of precision. He criticizes the passages, stating that the incompetence and vagueness of such political writings desecrates correct English prose- construction. DYING METAPHORS.
Montaigne: An Expert in Argument Montaigne’s “Of Cannibals” uses a myriad of thoughts and facts to teach the audience a moral lesson and pass along the narrator’s perception of the current Western Worlds trends. Montaigne writes his essay in such a way that the context is still relevant in society hundreds of years later. The allegory and use of prominent Western writers of literature provided the basis of his argument, that love and valor, are in simplest forms, the common denominator amongst all people, which would create a good society. Montaigne succeeds in gaining the attention of the reader by using many different manipulative techniques. Whether the reader finished the essay and finds themselves aligned with his position is one thing; the fact that Montaigne is able to create a forum for discussion and debate following his essay, even hundreds of years later, is a fact and certainly worth discussing, as his modes for delivering his position are genius.
The answers will reveal whether or not the author fulfills his own standards of success in this essay. Codrescu's description of his relationship with his father-in-law, Joe, as being one of “mutual incomprehension” (307), sets the stage for the entire essay, which the author uses to gain favor for his conclusion that the concept of diversity (the subject of the essay) is a farce. Diversity requires empathy, the ability to understand and share the feelings of another – the exact opposite of their shared “incomprehension” of one another. The author draws support for this conclusion by setting the stage through depictions of Joe's character and then allowing Joe's dialogue (associated with such controversial topics as politics, religion, and racism) to reveal his arrogant and infallible nature, which, by definition, makes achieving diversity with him impossible. To begin with, the author describes Joe's prejudiced person numerous times throughout the entirety of the essay.