Near the beginning of his renowned essay, "Civil Disobedience," Henry David Thoreau appeals to his fellow citizens when he says, "...I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government." This request serves as a starting point from which the rest of "Civil Disobedience" emerges. Thoreau 's essay is particularly compelling because of its incorporation of rhetorical strategies, including the use of logos, ethos, pathos, purposive discourse, rhetorical competence and identification. I will demonstrate how each of these rhetorical techniques benefit Thoreau 's persuasive argument. Thoreau uses logos throughout his essay to strengthen his argument with reasoning.
“Words can inspire, and words can destroy. Choose yours well.” - Robin Sharma. In 1787, a convention was held to determine the efficiency of a debatable Constitution discussed by the delegates. Benjamin Franklin, having represented Pennsylvania, then presented a speech regarding his position on the topic, declaring his agreement to it in spite of his uncertainty on whether or not it will result in negative consequences in the future. His diplomatic skills were enhanced with great effort that implies his ambitions to leave a positive impact on the listeners and win their approval.
Discovery of such history had a profound impact on Equality such as when he read the word “I”. It is through man’s writing in which Equality came to understand “the blessed thing which (he) had called (his) curse” (98). This writing had such a positive impact on Equality that he decided to “write the first chapter of new history of man” so that it would be eternal (101). It is through his writing, that Prometheus will be remembered not as a number, but as a hero who vanquishes collectivism. His eternal message cautions the reader of the dangers of an irrational society so that someday man will think twice before chaining himself to the word
Of the experiences and sentiment John Lewis delivered within his words the usage of ethos, logos, and pathos becomes clearly visible. Lewis uses ethics and logic when he expressed a bill was needed to ensure equality. The examples used to explain police brutality and abuse of authority conceive an emotional visual inflicting the audience to personally feel it. There was not any room for patience, only for change. Another captivating speaker is reputable Martin Luther King whom enticed a mass public with influential persuasive language.
To finish out, Paine tries to identify with the reader in the middle of his pamphlet, saying that he “once felt all that kind of anger… against the mean principles that are held by the tories,” (Paine 334). He goes on to explain that he didn’t only feel that anger, he did something about it, like everyone else should. His usage of emotion and feeling is paramount to his claims and, without them, he would not be as persuasive as he is. On the contrary, Roosevelt, in his Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation, almost never uses pathos to persuade his audience, but uses ethos in order to show the people of America why they should fight for their country. Using his authority and knowledge of the American government and the conflict at hand, Roosevelt speaks for the American people from his high station, declaring, “I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form
Believe it or not, those are just a few of the things Franklin partook in. One of Franklin's more popular accomplishments is the Declaration of Independence. In 1776, Benjamin Franklin met with John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to write one of the most important documents in American history; The Declaration of Independence. This document was pivotal in America gaining its independence from Great Britain. Not only did he help write the Declaration of Independence, but he also helped negotiate the Treaty of Paris,
He then goes on to say, "Sir, we have done everything... we have petitioned... remonstrated... supplicated... postrated ourselves before the throne..." to allow his viewers to note that there is no other way. Henry appeals to his viewers emotional appeal by conecting and allowing his viewers to understand that no matter what they do, they will fail, and the last resort will be war either way. Although Henry used pathos to appeal to their emotional side, he appeals to their logical side by using
He was attacked by the press as well. In his speech, he gave America advice for the future. An important theme that George Washington reflected was nobility. He understood that he could not rule by tyranny and stepped down from power. His humbleness has carried the United States into a tradition of presidency for centuries.
In his commentary, Crisis No. 1, Thomas Paine argues that the colonists shall continue fighting for their freedom from the British. Paine supports this argument by describing the issues that the colonists have with the British. Paine’s purpose is to persuade in order to encourage the soldiers to keep fighting. The use of a formal tone with his audience, shows the significance of the situation.
In addition, Mark Antony addressed the will to the plebeians after they had cheered Brutus on moments before. However, The way this little piece of paper persuades the crowd is how Antony presents the will. “Have patience, gentle friends, I must not read it; It is not meet you know how Caesar loved you.” In this quote Antony uses suspense of what the will says, and tells the plebeians to have patience, they should already know how much Caesar loves them. This suspense helps him in the long run with his goal of persuasion. The plebeians listen to what he has to say, between that time of hearing the will, and start to agree with the pleas Mark