Examples Of Ethos In The Crucible

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Ethos. Miller continuously uses the ethos appeal by using sophisticated words and adding in his own person experience to show us as the reader that he knows what he is talking about. Throughout his passage he consistently adds very advanced word choice. For example, he says things like “Lucifer’s many faced lieutenants, diabolism, bemused, cosmology, and social antagonist”. However, with all these words and phrases there is another much less complicated way to say the same thing. Miller also uses his own personal experience to show the audience his credibility. He goes on to say, “I am not surprised at this, for at my own my own university a professor of history- a Lutheran, by the way- used to assemble hi graduate students drawing shades, and commune in the classroom with Erasmus” (Miller 34). By him giving his own experience we now know that he was a grad student leaning about the Devil and his relevance through time. He is showing u that he I applying hi own background knowledge he leaned in grad school to his thesis about Reverend Hale.
Pathos. Miller uses the pathos appeal in the passage to provoke an emotion from his readers, and he does this by talking about divorce. “The divorce law lay a tremendous responsibility on the father for the care of hi children” (Miller 34-35). Miller I
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Miller uses the logos appeal by using a historical event. “There are accounts of similar klatches in Europe, where the daughter of the town would assemble at night and, sometimes with fetishes, sometimes with a selected young man, give themselves to love, with some bastardly result” (Miller 35). Miller is using this historical event that happened all over Europe and comparing it to how Abigail and her friends went into the woods dancing. And though there was not a man with them, the comparison was still there; the daughters of the town meeting at night, their fetishes being witchcraft, Abigail drinking blood, and how the church did not like these late night
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