Birds And Bees, No Let's Talk About Dollars And Cents By Ben Stein

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In the article, Birds and Bees, No Let’s Talk about Dollars and Cents, by Ben Stein, who was a former White House speechwriter, he informs his point successfully to his son that he needs self discipline to create human and financial capital to have a more stable life. The young boy has been living large his whole life and his father wants to help him keep it going by having self-discipline to make smart decisions so he doesn’t live in fear and insecurity. Ben Stein uses many anecdotes to get the point across to his son and the readers of the New York Times that people are capable of coming from nothing and turning into something with the willpower to make smart choices. With the use of anecdotes and repetition all throughout the letter, it allows Stein to utilize logos and ethos. In doing this, Stein is very effective in making his point.
Ben Stein begins the letter by telling a story about his childhood and explains how his father had to work very hard to have a stable life for himself and his son. Stein shares, “My father was the first Stein in all history, as far as we know, to have accumulated any real capital. He did that by getting a fine education at Williams College and then at the University of Chicago. He was a stone genius, and among his many aspects of genius was that he knew that he must regularly convert his human capital - his intelligence and education and connections - into financial capital: namely, savings.” By using this story Ben Stein generates ethos

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