The story, “Carry Your Own Skis”, by Lian Dolan uses rhetoric in many different ways to persuade her audience that if you learn responsibility early in life, it will help you in the future. She accomplishes this by using the rhetorical appeals ethos pathos and logos. Not only did these help to make an appealing claim, but also to connect with the audience. Mostly, the audience is pointed toward older generations who, like her, had responsibilities and no choices about what to do. Let's first start off with how Dolan uses ethos to express her purpose.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote Self-Reliance during the time period when transcendentalism emerged, thus based his essay off of this ideology. Transcendentalism is known as the philosophy that divine truth is present in all created things and that truth is known through intuition, not through the rational mind. This principle seems to be a reoccurring theme throughout many of Emerson’s essays. In fact, he is known as a transcendentalist philosopher. In Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance, Emerson is convincing his readers that self-reliance is more important than being dependent on others by using metaphors and pathos.
America has had a tumultuous existence, replete with war, progress, and ideologies. The most formidable of these is individualism, or the shift of society’s focus from the group to the individual and a growing emphasis on their personal needs and desires. Despite wide criticism, it has become the societal norm, spanning all generations, genders, races, and walks of life.
In the culture we live in today, we are bombarded with ideas and images of “what we should be”. We are expected and obligated to modify ourselves in order to live up to social expectations and to feel accepted by others. It is the fear of being an outcast that pressures us to mask our true identity. Therefore, in an American culture, one can form an identity and still remain true and authentic to oneself through nonconformity and self-reliance.
The persuasive article “Individuality vs. Conformity: The Healthy Middle” focuses on that there is a healthy middle. She supports her claim by stating “from small societal groups to our government, and from the liberal arts to social sciences.” The writer 's purpose was to persuades to look for that healthy middle for we be like other that are conformists. The author writes in a persuasive style for audience could change to find the middle. Of Aristotle 's three rhetorical appeals, the author of “Conformity vs. Individuality: A healthy Middle?” uses Pathos most effectively to get the reader to look for the healthy balance between Individuality and Conformity
Anthem is a dystopian novel written by Russian author Ayn Rand in 1937. Ayn Rand was avid about the importance of the individual, and she supported a hands off government, where the people define and sustain themselves. Ayn Rand’s interest in the government’s effect on society certainly led into her creation of Anthem. At the start of the novel, Equality 7-2521, the protagonist, writes from a secluded tunnel and shares about the dystopian society he lives in which prevents education, and individualism. The society prevents individuals from learning on their own, having questions, doubting their elders, and threatens any sort of rebellion or individuality with extreme punishment. The main concept that the novel
Speeches are used to commemorate points of history, and inform the general public of the product of their history but what makes a speech so impacting on it’s audience? Rhetorical devices give speeches and works of literature a way that can convey feelings or ideas to a viewer. When addressing during times of war or chaos, people such as Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, and Winston Churchill used these terms to better connect with their audience. Without these tools of the english language, dialogue and literature would be all the more dull and unappealing. However, with these useful instruments, writers and speakers can better communicate through some of the many rhetorical devices.
Of Aristotle’s three rhetorical appeals,the author of ”Individuality vs conformity” uses pathos most effectively to get the reader to relate to her argument. the informational essay “Individuality vs Conformity” focuses on that fact that there is a healthy middle between individuality and conformity .The writer supports their focus by demonstrating that even though “we embrace this warm feeling of acceptance” humans have “This feeling is our need for individuality“ .The author’s purpose is to point out that there is a healthy middle between individuality and conformity in order to do that the author says “but that doesn’t mean we can’t try”.The author writes in a informal logical style for their audience teenagers and others interested in
Over the decades, the topic of the environment has always ended in endless arguments and debates. In Edward O. Wilson’s book The Future of Life, he satirizes two passages about stereotypes of environmentalists and people first critics. Using rhetorical questions, ad hominems, Irony, and logos, Wilson illustrates the unproductive manner of environmentalists.
The topic of self confidence is a subject that is heavily discussed when it comes to girls of all ages. Journalist, Stephanie Hanes, examines the current trend of sexualization amongst young girls. In the article “Little Girls or Little Women: The Disney Princess Effect”, Hanes examines the current trend of sexualization amongst girls. She addresses the issue of desiring to become a women too soon. Hanes develops her article by using the literary techniques of pathos and logos to describe the emotions young girls feel when they see images of women with unattainable features.
Stephen Marche wrote an argument trying to argue the point that we as Americans are not as equal as we have always believed we were. Marche is a mainstream writer and a novelist with his first novel published in 2005. Many of his articles can often be read in the New York Times and the Atlantic. In his article “We Are Not All Created Equal: The Truth about the American Class System” he gives valid points and details to inform us the truth behind what we think we see. This is an interesting article to analyze because he has many facts and historical information that makes you think about the topic he chooses and understand his point of view.
The camera moved from veteran to veteran, capturing an immense amount of emotion in a single shot. The director, Aron Gaudet, worked from different angles in order to convey a particular message about what it truly means to be a veteran. In the documentary, “The Way We Get By,” he takes three people impacted by the military who live in Maine to tell their story and show their passion for America. They regularly visit the Bangor Airport to show their appreciation, love, and support of the troops. The words of the veterans are not all that express how much the service that soldiers do mean to them. Gaudet takes his camera skills and uses that to his advantage to prove his claim. He goes deep into the lives of William Knight, Joan Gaudet, and
In 1962, Ken Kesey shook Americans across the nation with his book One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest illustrates controversial topics in society as triumphant and was therefore under scrutiny since its publication. The novel expresses material, such as nonconformity, rebellion, freedom of the mind, and the hardships of having a mental illness. It also challenges many levels of reality and social norms, such as glorifying corrupt juveniles, criminal activity, and depicting images of obscenity, all which landed the novel a spot on the banned books list.
The utopian society in the Brave New World can be compared and contrasted between our contemporary society using individualism, community and the human experience. The fictional novel by Aldous Huxley, published in 1932, is about a utopian society where people focus stability and community over individuality and freedom, but an outsider is introduced to intervene with the operation of the utopian state. In the contemporary world, people need to show individuality in their communities in order to survive, and to be human, one must show emotion, which is the opposite in the Brave New World.
In today's society, the balance between individualism and conformity to society's expectations is a prominent and deceptive conflict. Oftentimes, the individual must put his uniqueness aside and settle for a view of an occupation, hobby, or idea that society agrees with. Instead of expressing original and creative ideas, they are held hostage by comparing themselves with the lives and accomplishments of others and the standards their our society. One of the biggest tools of society, social media, allows people to share ideas and interests with everyone. However, naturally, one will only post what he knows others will accept and enjoy just as he does. This, in turn, does the opposite of what social media were intended to do. Instead of allowing the expression of unaltered and original ideas, it is a platform of suppressed individualism which only encourages mainstream concepts.