Gerald Graff Hidden Intellectualism Analysis

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Brian Lee English 1301, Elliot (Teach) 9-12-2012 The Ethos, Logos, and Pathos Appeal of Graff’s Hidden Intellectualism Have you ever heard of the term “street smart”? I’m certain we all have, but just to keep everyone on pace, according the official dictionary, the term street smart means “having the shrewd resourcefulness needed to survive in an urban environment.” Unfortunately though, we as a society often link a person or a student who has “street smart” with someone who performs poorly in school. But according to Gerald Graff’s excerpt Hidden Intellectualism from his renowned book They Say, I Say, this is not the case, and to be frank it is quite the opposite. In Gerald’s passage the Hidden Intellectualism, he argues that one does not have to be “book smart” to just be able to reach a higher level of intellectualism. Instead anyone, especially those with “street smarts”, are able to reach that higher intellect, and all that matters is just how…show more content…
But this isn’t the only form of pathos appeal Graff presents to further support his claim. Right as the passage, Hidden Intellectualism begins, one would notice that the first thing Gerald does is address us audience as “everyone”, “we”, and “us”. By doing this, Graff is able to successful have a huge impact on us the audiences by seemingly having us feel closer together as group; it makes it seem that whatever Graff says in his claim will deeply affect us as well. By having all three Aristotelian appeals like ethos, pathos, and logos present in his passage, Hidden Intellectualism, Graff is able to not only support his claim that not only people with book smarts are able to ascend onto a higher level of intellectualism, but he is able to prove that anyone, even those with street smarts too are able to ascend onto the same level of intellect as well. The only thing that matters is the way we apply
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