A Rhetorical Analysis Of The Arctic Refuge By Jimmy Carter

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The 39th president of the United States of America Jimmy Carter fears the domination of domestic use of the Artctic Refuge. Carter argues that it is the duty of everyone to preserve the Arctic Refuge rather than dig holes in it to extract oil. The Arctic Refuge is a crucial refuge as it is one of the few left in the Arctic and around the world. In his letter, Carter uses ethos and pathos to persuade his audience to preserve the refuge and keep it sheltered. Carter uses ethos to persuade the audience by appealing to the ethics of the situations and by using reasonable evidence. As Carter says in the letter,"The extraordinary wilderness and wildlife values of the Arctic Refuge have long been recognized by both Republican and Democratic presidents. In 1960, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the original 8.9 million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Range to…show more content…
Carter uses the situation to affect the emotions of the audience when by saying, "There are few places on earth as wild and free as the Arctic Refuge.(Carter)" It is a symbol of our national heritage, a remnant of frontier America that our first settlers once called wilderness. Little of that precious wilderness remains.(Carter)". Carter explains here how this wildlife preserve is one of the few left, and it is a symbol of history that cannot be abused. He nearly describes it as being a gem that cannot be destroyed. By doing so Carter is reminding the people of the importance of the Refuge. Carter also says, "Having visited many aboriginal peoples around the world, I can empathize with the Gwich'in' struggle to safeguard one of their precious human rights.(Carter)" Carter here explains how the people of that land deserve what they have and if they lose it is by no means that we should use it domestically. Carter has used this appeal to move the audiences arguments to agree with
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