Stella Archer Rhetorical Analysis

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Archer opens her essay with the description of the “grinning man” to describe the appearance of the homeless man and how he carries himself. This also is a good attention grabber from the beginning and keeps the reader's attention. Also this can lead the reader to having an idea of the character. She mention "baggy trousers", "one missing sleeve", and "buttonless shirt."

The first running from 1 through 6 Ascher was very descriptive with what was happening and kept it in third person perspective. She asked the readers, “Was it fear or compassion that motivated the gift?” Reading the first section in her perspective it was fear that motivated the gift. The second part from paragraphs 7 through 9 she change her view to first person and
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An example of pathos, “But for now, in this last gasp of autumn warmth, he is still. His eyes fix on the baby. The mother removes her purse from her shoulder and rummages through its contents: lipstick, a lace handkerchief, an address book…” Logos was demonstrated throughout the essay because there was a logical side for each experience. Ethos was demonstrated in the essay between the first section and second section.An example of ethos, “owner of the shop, a moody French woman, emerge from the kitchen with steaming coffee in a Styrofoam cup and a small paper bag" Logos is more prevalent in this essay because each section is divided with differnt experience that had the logic behind the decisions of each character.

This help the author be more believable in the essay. Telling each section in different perspective help this essay from being bias. Also this allowed the readers to connect with character but not only the author.

Ascher is very effective in using personal experience to prepare the reader for her conclusion. The three stories were very different from one another and this allow Ascher to effectively express a universal definition of compassion and empathy. By using first person perspective to describe her interactions. The readers can feel like they are there beside her as she makes these observations, which makes her conclusion very
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