Rhetorical Analysis Of William Damon's The Death Of Honesty

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The Death Of Honesty By William Damon Rhetorical Analysis Honesty is known as the one of the most vital qualities of human life. Though it is not always easy to tell the truth, honesty is a virtue which many people strive to use in typical relationships. In his essay, “The Death of Honesty”, William Damon talks about the pressing issue that is dishonesty. Damon in his essay targets audiences such as older adults, students, younger adults, educators, and the general public. Damon uses the rhetoric techniques of logos, pathos, and ethos to persuade and inform readers on how he understands that dishonesty is a critical issue that has led to the downfall of the society. Damon utilizes appeals (logos, pathos, and ethos) as a means of persuading the audience to take a particular point of view. Damon develops his credibility using reputable sources and personal facts, cites impressive statistics and facts by successfully applying appeals to logos, and conveys appeals to emotions to strengthen his credibility and eventually his reasoning. Throughout his article; Damon utilizes several current sources that reinforce his appeal and credibility to the ethos that develops his argument. By citing sources, Damon enhances his credibility by illustrating that he has conducted his research…show more content…
He evokes images of vulnerabilities and problems of dishonesty and high emotion to introduce arguments and the seriousness of the issue. His intention is to make the readers develop sympathy about the issue to avoid deception. For example, Damon says that the pressing challenge of the present world is that many people constantly tell lies and do not consider truthfulness as necessary in the society (Damon, 2012). The risk is that the bond of trust vital in society dissolves and, therefore, the forms of discourse needed for self-governance become

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