Logos And Pathos In Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'

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Finding the instances of Logos, Pathos and Ethos, as defined in Chapter 7 in Nancy Wood’s Essentials of Argument, in Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Rob Epstein’s film adaptation and docudrama of the same name proved to be a little tricky. While poetry can be an argument, Ginsberg’s freeform style and spontaneous jumping around in lyrics makes it difficult to decipher clear cut examples. I chose to use mostly the film due to the fact that there was a court case and by all means a very clear cut argument. The Government was trying to ban the print and sale of Howl due to its graphic nature. They considered it obscene. The state’s argument provided many examples Logos. It was a common way of thinking that homosexuality and profanity were obscene
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