Stevenson's Ethos Pathos Logos

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Stevenson used pathos when he gives the detailed visit that he had with Henry. To get his point across the author emotionally convinces his readers by introducing Henry. While Stevenson was at the prison talking to Henry in private visitation room a very angry guard walks in and start to handcuff Henry. Full of rage the guard notifies Stevenson that he had taken two extra hours instead of one hour that he has initially requested. Stevenson can only stand helplessly and watch how “[t]he guard was shoving him toward the door roughly. I didn’t like the way Henry was being treated ...Because his ankles were shackled and his hands were locked behind his back, Henry almost stumbled when the guard shoved him forward” (Stevenson 12). The angry guard…show more content…
The author gave many different statistics regarding the unfair legal system in American. As Stevenson puts into his own words, “Today we have the highest rate of incarceration in the world. The prison population has increased from 300,000 people in early 1970s to 2.3 million people today” (Stevenson 15). This shows the reader the numbers of people incarceration has increased. This leaves the reader with a question; why the number skyrocketed over the decades. After that, the readers are hooked on to reading the introduction and find answers to their questions. Later on, Stevenson put it into perspective that, “[s]cores of innocent people have been exonerated after being sentenced to death and nearly executed. Hundreds more have been released after being proved innocent of noncapital crimes through DNA testing” (Stevenson 16). The author helps his readers to understand that there are thousands of innocent people in prison due to unfairness. This answers the reader's question on why the number skyrocketed. Stevenson wants to bring his reader’s attention to unlawful imprisonment of people, and he successfully does this with the help of logos in this
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