Nick Riggle is the author of “High Five!” He is a writer and a philosopher. Riggle is an assistant professor in the department of philosophy at the University of San Diego. His work has appeared on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. In his article, he claims that being awesome is the desired achievement for many people and that it is the proclaimed antonym of “sucking”. He also mentions that a “high five” is a gesture of showing appreciation. He provides the readers with an interesting clever main argument; however, he does not provide enough reasoning to support his sub-arguments. Furthermore, he occasionally uses misleading examples that weaken his argument instead of supporting it. In his article, Riggle (2016) explains that awesomeness is …show more content…
Also, the high-five is used to show appreciation. This argument is an appealing and interesting argument. The author’s opinion is clearly stated with no ambiguity, and a careful read of the article will show this. Additionally, this topic will appeal to a broad audience, it can be read and interpret by a young or old audience. The argument will provoke readers to think about the meanings of “awesome” and “suck”. It will cause them to reflect these two words on their own life, to wonder if they are awesome, or if they suck. In order to prove his main argument; the author relies on sub-arguments that combine together to produces the main argument. He first starts by defining what he means by the words “awesome” and “suck”. Then goes on to explain how they are used in the daily lives. The arguments about awesomeness eventually lead to the high-five, his second part of the main argument. He mainly uses various examples to prove each of his …show more content…
The author will usually rely on his examples to prove is arguments. He does not explain the claims he makes, which decrease the strength of his arguments. For example, he mentions that a high-five is “not the mutual appreciation of achievement, but the feeling we get upon the achievement of mutual appreciation”. This statement is arguable, some people perform the high-five to actually show appreciation of achievement rather than of trying. The author does not signify whatsoever why the high-five does not mean “job well-done”. He gives another argument that each and every person uses the word “suck”, which is a broad claim. However, in his following paragraph, he does not reason why all people use “suckiness”, but rather gives two examples of political leaders who do use it. This is a weak inductive argument, as he assumes that if the famous political leaders use this word, then so does the average person. Here the author should have probably listed a psychological reason that explains why humans react either positively or negatively. This might have increased the strength and acceptability of his argument. In addition, most of the arguments the author uses are inductive arguments rather than deductive arguments. This means that he relies more on probability and giving examples than on providing reasons. Deductive arguments are arguably stronger than inductive
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The Toulmin method is an effective tool that helps determine the efficacy of an argument by using this method the author’s argumentative strategies are evaluated to determine their strength. This essay will use the Toulmin method in order to assess the strength of James E. McWilliams’ argument. The Toulmin method will break down the author’s argument into components—the claim, evidence, warrant, qualifiers, and rebuttal. Through using the Toulmin method, Williams’ argument and the components of his argument will be dissected and individually analyzed to determine each component’s effectiveness and how it contributes to the overall power and credibility of Williams’ argument.
In his letter to Thomas Jefferson, it is apparent that Banneker uses a precise rhetoric in an attempt to pinpoint his argument so that it may have a greater effect on the reader. Written in 1791, the resonance of the American Revolution could still be felt in a fresh and young America, in which Banneker takes advantage of, using ideas and messages from the Declaration of Independence. Banneker’s style is quite humble yet adamant, offering a solid debate on the morality of slavery. His use of definitive diction exemplifies his letter, creating a sense of importance and urgency to the audience whilst maintaining a polite tone.
Whitman uses two kinds of proofs in order to persuade his audience. Firstly, whitman uses a proof known as Examples: “For example, X and Y demonstrate that Z happens.” Whitman implements this proof by first making the claim, “America led the world in race-based law making…(Whitman para. 3 ).” Whitman then supports this claim by providing an example of
More specifically he makes a point of how currently society believes that they are an expert at everything
Going back to the example in the previous paragraph, “Undereducated instructors are compromising the value of your sons’ and daughters’ educations”(Srigley, 37), you notice the wording of his argument was carefully chosen. When looking at this statement, it is evident that Srigley knew how his readers think and feel about the subject (as parents they want the best education possible for their child), knew their likes (their own children) and dislikes, this argument obviously appeals to them. Srigley made effective arguments because Srigley knew his audience. This is a crucial element of composing an argument that must be acknowledged when looking at Pass,
" The only part that clearly states his miain point is in the title of the article. To make his concept clear within the reading, adding your opinion in respect to the other view points is a good way to state the opposing ideas and should clearly standout where you stand among the two concepts. Misleading the audience gives a point to the author 's favor. To persuade, the author must have
His approach to the issue as well as the presentation is quite skillful. He has created a great flow of ideas through his adept use of different rhetorical devices. The inclusion of a personal story, presentation of evidence and other features in the article has helped create a convincing
Outliers Malcolm Gladwell does an excellent job in taking the expected and making it the unexpected. He shows that although hard work and dedication are important to be successful, they are not the only determining factors. Each chapter started out with a story of someone who seemed to have risen from nothing into something, and he carefully broke the situation down and analyzed the time periods, what their religion/ ethnicity were, family life, and what was occurring in the world during their youth. In each part he connected back to previous stories/examples to continue making the point that it is almost impossible to truly make a successful career out of nothing on your own.
1. The part of the book I agreed with the most was the section called “Laugh or you’ll cry”. I think this is very important because laughing not only affects your mood, but your health to. In the book he said, “ Laughter has also been shown to promote good health and speed healing.” This quote came from habit number seven on page 253.
They cover a wide range of subject and topic, which help the subsidiary claim to encounter the opponent’s ideas effectively; one piece of evidence is also not based on the trustable sources. Malik takes the example of “French speakers view the world differently from English speakers” (Malik, 8) and demonstrates it within two sentences. There is no proof used in this argument. Indeed, it makes the whole essay become more unreliable, and turns the author into a bias writer. On the other hand, the author does a really “good job” on picking the solid opponent’s perspectives.