A Rhetorical Analysis Of Bernard Roth's 'The Achievement Habit'

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Rhetorical Analysis of Bernard Roth The book “The Achievement Habit” written by Bernard Roth, was created during his 52 years of teaching. His career began by earning two degrees from Columbia University. In his book, Roth states “This incident was a vivid reminder that while I cannot control what the outside world does, I can determine my own experience.” (The Achievement Habit, pp 22). Roth is correct when he makes this observation. Not only is Never Back Down an excellent action movie with multiple cute boys, but it is also a good example for demonstrating Roth’s stance on betrayal. However, in the article, “Revenge Is Good for You! Part 1” written by Robert Diswas-Diener, Diswas-Diener suggests that revenge and revenge fantasies are healthy for the mental psyche. David Leviathan once said “It was a mistake, you said. But the cruel thing was, it felt like the mistake was mine, for trusting you.” Roth, in his book, gives us an example of how this is true. In his example, he is presenting a workshop among a group of friends. During the presentation, he displays a videotape of a student robotics project. At the conclusion of his presentation, his friends take the videotape to have it…show more content…
He presents this using ethos, by using personal examples that he experienced. The movie Never Back Down supports Roth’s position by targeting the viewer’s pathos response and the ability to feel the emotions of the characters portrayed. Robert Diswas-Diener’s article, “Revenge Is Good for You! Part 1” offers a contradictory stance and provides logical, or logos, studies that back up his claim. In response to Jean Roqua’s advice, Jake Tyler states, “It always has been.” By taking responsibility of what he can control, Jake learns that determining his own experience is better than seeking

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