Emotional Appeal Essay

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It has been shown that using certain appeals in writings, especially on subjects that already give an especially large emotional reaction, makes opinions sound reasonable and sensible. For example, on a subject such as amnesty for illegal immigrants, it is easy to see the emotional appeal that one could use to weave a sneaky opinion into their article. In the article “Amnesty? Let Us Be Vigilant and Charitable”, John Kavanaugh, who created the article in 2008, decides to use a large amount of emotional appeal in his article on the subject of Amnesty.
In contrast, the article “Dream On”, by Mark Krikorian, written in 2010 arguably does the exact opposite of emotional appeal, logical appeal. It is clear of his word choice that he is opposed to bad amnesty laws in general. His main article is composed of four points of the newest amnesty law proposal, The DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) is flawed. Relying too much on one appeal can hurt the validity of an article. Sentence structure and word choice is also very important. The article “Amnesty? Let Us Be Vigilant and Charitable” starts right off with a heartbreaking story of María, a mother of three that came into the United States illegally when she was two years old (Kavanaugh). The main reason Kavanaugh decided to incorporate this into his work is to make
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However, the use of logical appeals in an article written for a friendly audience does little to nothing to make them agree with you, since they already do. It all depends on the audience of the author, and how well he knows them. Mark Krikorian utilizes logical appeals in his article, “DREAM On”, an article that is written for a the type of audience that hasn’t quite decided their minds on the issue, and need something appealing to them to choose what side they are
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