The Rhetoric of Einstein

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The Rhetoric of Albert Einstein The effectiveness of Albert Einstein’s rhetoric can be broken down into different parts. His connection of subject, speaker, and audience, his context and descriptions that explain his answer’s purpose, and his appeal to Ethos (Trust), Logos (Reason), and Pathos (Emotion). Through these building blocks of rhetoric, one can connect to the audience and successfully persuade them to believe and understand you. Unfortunately, Albert Einstein does not succeed in correctly building any of his rhetoric. He maintains a disconnection with the audience because of his diction and methodology of explanation, which is highly scientific. Although his audience is a sixth grade girl, he speaks with diction far more advanced than any 6th grader would know, therefore disconnecting the subject, speaker, and audience. Einstein uses diction like “Fragmentary” and “Religiosity”, which most people at a 6th grade level would not even recognize (Einstein 10). If the audience does not know what the speaker is talking about then it is impossible to grasp what the subject is, let alone their opinion on it. In Einstein’s answer, Einstein clouds his own answer to the question, “Do scientists pray, and if so, what do they pray for?” by using scientific evidences and supporting both sides of the argument, therefore not stating a clear purpose (Einstein 10). Without stating a clear purpose, the audience cannot understand what the speaker intends to say, or his purpose. Einstein also does not create much Ethos, because he does not put himself at the same level as his audience. Einstein does have Logos, but he defends both sides of the argument, so one cannot take much of a side based on what he says. Finally, he has no Pathos, because he drones on like a robot, revealing no personal emotion whatsoever. All he speaks of is faith and it’s relation to scientific

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