“Why Bother” Michael Pollan’s essay “Why Bother” claims both sides of the argument of why people should take action to change their daily lives that will help the environment or if it is a wasted effort to try to change the things that have been done. Pollan repeatedly asks the reader a specific question throughout the essay: Why bother? Why bother slowing down global warming? Why bother walking to and from to make one’s self carbon footprint better? He asks these questions over and over to make the reader engage and think about the environment.
In the introduction of Michael Pollan’s Why Bother?, he addresses the title’s question , what he calls the “big question” that people concerned with the fate of the planet must face themselves. Through exploration of global warming and environmental crisis, Pollan’s desire is that his readers gain a deeper understanding to what “really is the big question facing us as individuals hoping to do something about climate change.” (Pollan 312) In expressing his goal of writing Why Bother?, Pollan greatly relies on ethos in the introductory to strengthen his argument. By asserting the different aspects, both scientific and personal, of global warming that he has considered and researched. Pollan effectively establishes credibility and authority as
Both authors from “The Darkening Sea” and Early Warming show credibility when they use their sources. For example, in “Early Warming” Lords states “Deborah Williams, a former Department of the Interior official and passionate conservationist, has been called ‘Alaska’s Al Gore’” (3). Since Deborah Williams is a high official, her words about global warming are strong and influential to the reader. Lord uses her sources to help prove her point and then cites the source. This makes it appealing to the reader because Lord is trying to convince her audience by giving credibility from a high positioned officer.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the 32nd President of the United States of America on March 4, 1939. In his first inauguration speech, he stated, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”(Bartleby) This ideology he gave America hope and courage to pull through its two worst crises, “The Great Depression” and “World War II.” Along with this, F.D.R. also built the foundations for the modern welfare system and established an unprecedented, personal relationship to America through his “fireside chats.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882 in Hyde Park to parents James and Sara Roosevelt. James, a landowner and businessman from New York, was married to the aristocratic widow, Sarah Delano. Having been
This is the case for many others; some want to help the big picture with climate change solutions, and other volunteers just want to help out their neighborhood. Enter Bob Heil, a resident of California. He is intrigued by actions, both politically and environmentally. Heil finds interest in learning new things about the world where the government and nature meet, creating
Why or why not? How does Scott establish his own AUTHORITY and CREDIBILITY--or fail to do so? Point to specific parts of the text to support your response. Scott’s tone in this piece is authoritative. He chooses words that convey how well-informed and interested he is on the topic, making him seem to be an authority to the reader.
This easy life change that Pollan proposes is gardening. Gardening is an activity many Americans already partake in. However, Pollan digs deeper and illustrates the positive outcomes of this simple task. To support his argument he proposes if we grow a small portion of our own food we will rely on the shopping centers less. We won’t be driving to the stores as often, so that is less fuel emission in the air.
Though the evidence he brings is entirely based on emotional opinion, Traub gives his audience a sense of credibility that certainly helps his case. Ultimately, Leo Traub’s article, “The great American comic strip: an endangered species,” uses efficient personal evidence to promote pathos and provides a sense of credibility to the audience to prove
Essentially, Sloan delivers an effective argument for his readers through his use of ethos and logos, aside from what might be considered weak pathos. For his audience of everyone, his use of ethos and logos are strong, since he is a highly educated, and a critical thinker that uses logos very effectively. He successfully executes his thoughtful thesis that patriotic slogans should not necessarily be taken at face value. That is to say, some slogans can be problematic and are worth scratching your head
In addition, to his masterful use of persuasive appeals he brings pathos, ethos, and logic to his essay and utilizes all three in a fluid manner. Meanwhile, his tone throughout his essay captures the reader by being relatable and his word use unifies himself with the readers. At the same time, the structure he chose is extremely effective because of it simple bullet style main body that builds on the emotions of the reader. While the conclusion brings out a since of pride and patriotism to unite the people with a common goal. For these reasons, I believe that Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence set the bar high for what I means to write a persuasive