An Analysis Of Ethos In Bernard Roth's The Achievement Habit

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Morgan Freeman once said, “Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen - that stillness becomes a radiance” (Freeman). One must be silent in order to collect thoughts and determine what a person should establish to hold meaning in his life. Professor of Engineering at Stanford University, Bernard Roth has written a self- help book connected to letting life happen. The Achievement Habit is about achieving dreams and improving the self and “directly gain understanding and experience about personal issues that matter to them” (Roth). Roth, in chapter 1, “Nothing is What You Think It Is,” argues that people establish their own meaning and others should not judge people too soon, or ever. While he does not use logos, Roth’s…show more content…
In Chapter 1, Roth establishes his sense of authority and trust as a writer. “We have the power to alert our perception, revising perceptions that bring us down and enhancing those that help us” (Roth 15). In this quote, Roth uses we and us to show he is trustworthy in a way saying he is just another human being that went through stuff and is still learning lessons. The tone Roth uses in his writing is a trustworthy old man who has lived years. “In life, typically, the only one keeping a scorecard for your successes and failures is you, and there are ample opportunities to learn the lessons you need to learn, even if you didn’t get it right the first---or fifth---time” (21). Roth, in this quote, shows his knowledge in life, and what he knows, and proves is his trustworthiness. In a lot of places in Roth’s writing, he uses words and phrases to enhance his argument, but his second-best rhetorical strategy is…show more content…
Logos is the weakest rhetorical appeal that Roth uses in his argument, his message is not as strong as it could be. For example, in chapter 1 Roth does an exercise with his students making them say things that have no meaning in their life’s, with the reasoning being “Saying things aloud, even to yourself, can be very freeing” (Roth). In this quote Roth uses reasoning to help with the stress and the meaning you give things that actually mean nothing. Even though Roth doesn’t use logos as effectively as logos and paths. Roth uses logos when, “The point of the exercise is not to get the participants to change any of their relationships” (20). While using reasoning Roth appoints the exercise he does with his students while pointing out its’s not to damage the relationships

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