While analyzing “The Torture Myth” and “The Case for Torture”, it is very clear to see the type of rhetorical appeals used to persuade the audience. Anne Applebaum, the writer of “The Torture Myth” --in context of the decision of electing a new Attorney General--would argue that torture is very seldomly effective, violates a person’s rights, and should be outlawed due to the irrational need upon which physical torture is used. On the other hand, Michael Levin strongly argues that physical torture is crucial to solving every imminent danger to civilians. Levin claims that if you don’t physically torture someone, you are being weak and want to allow innocent people to die over something that could have been simply done.
Amir exploits Hassan’s loyalty in order to feel superior. Assef uses sexual abuse to give himself power over Hassan and Sohrab. The Taliban use religion and terror to enforce their rule over the people of Afghanistan. Although all of these people employ different means to maintain power, the root of their strength is the guilt and shame of their victims: Hassan’s need to be a good friend, Sohrab’s sinful feelings, and the people’s guilt of not adhering to their religion. The Kite Runner illustrates how power changes people and relationships, and exhibits the extremes a person will go to into order to keep a firm grasp on
To fail, in faith, we must first succeed in doubt and fear. For Wormwood and Screwtape to succeed in their victim falling from faith they must first feed him full of fear and doubt. Throughout the Screwtape Letters, both demons try to bring their subject to worship their father by practicing tactics that lead and misdirect their human to fall from his faith in Christianity. Fear, doubt, and insecurity are the first and foremost tools of misdirection that Screwtape tries to employ Wormwood to exploit. “The immediate fear and suffering of the humans is a legitimate and pleasing refreshment for our myriads of toiling workers”.
Donald Trump, Joseph McCarthy, the town of Salem, and the town of Hillsboro all have their Christian religion in common. Thomas Paine expresses his opinion on Christianity when he says, “There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by the express commandment of God, that are shocking to humanity and to every idea we have of moral
Much like modern day fear of terrorist fear, the fear of conflict from removal of complete equality persuades people to submit to the government causing them discomfort like metal weights, noises in their heads, speech impediments, and a whole slew of annoyances. Although this seems far fetched from today's world, Vonnegut asks us to reflect inward on what we are told to
In “Sinners in The Hands of an Angry God”, Johnathan Edwards uses fear to create images that help his audience experience the consequences of sinful behavior. He uses imagery and figurative language to persuade his readers. He wants us to get a mental picture of Hell in your head and he wants us to fear the wrath of God. One such image was when Edward wrote, “When men are on god’s hands and they could fall to Hell, natural men are held in the hands of God, over the pit of Hell.” God could let us fall into the eternity of burning flames anytime He wants to.
During the Second Red Scare, “Gradually, all the old political and moral reality had melted… Nobody but a fanatic, it seemed, could really say that he believed” (Miller, “Why I Wrote The Crucible”). Miller through his political allegory recognized the need for each society to examine the trials instead of blindly persisting into a false reality through the mob mentality furnishing the foundation for the
This paper investigates how the Salem witch trials could have been the outcome of Puritan girls having undergone great deals of stress, thus leading the girls to exhibit unusual behaviors. The stressors that Puritan women of the time would have been experiencing, as well as the stressors placed upon the group of afflicted girls as a result of their afflictions, would have placed a lot of pressure upon the afflicted girls prior to the Salem witch trials. Studies have shown that stress affects the minds of women much more profoundly than it affects the brains of men. Similarly, stress has been known to have a greater and more negative impact upon children and teenagers than upon any other age group, thus leaving the Salem susceptible to the influences of stress. Mental disorders with symptoms similar to those experienced by the afflicted girls in Salem have been identified, including functional disorders.
Humans were born with two fears; fear of falling, and fear of loud noises. According to the Oxford dictionary, fear is "an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm", but this definition is only one of many to define the term of 'fear '. Fear is events that we perceive to be dangerous to ourselves and to others. Fear is something that everyone possesses, and when conquered, turns into achievement. Before we discuss what defines fear, a clear line must be drawn between fear and anxiety.
Jonathan Edwards’s sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” and Anne Bradstreet’s “Upon the Burning of Our House” seem at first glance quite similar to one another regarding context, however, after taking a closer look, it becomes apparent that there are some substantial differences. These differences cannot be understood without the knowledge of cultural context concerning the Puritan belief system and their lifestyle. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was written with the sole purpose of scaring and intimidating the people that purtinans believed to be sinners. Edwards’s work contributed to a movement called “The Great Awakening”. It’s objective was to make the so-called ‘sinners’ aware of their wrongdoings and compel them to repent.
In essence, Edwards had a powerful impact on his puritan audience of his puritan audience by his use of a cautionary tone, a clear imagery and complex figurative language. Edwards wanted to impact his audience by appealing to their fears, pity and vanity. Edward describes the tone, imagery, and figurative language in the passage to use an awesome metaphor to get his point across the audience. Edward view was also to get sinners to hell, who does not
The 1960s’ consisted of the threats to cause nuclear warfare which would result in vital and detrimental effects, the horrors of Vietnam televised, the human rights movements of MLK Jr. and Stonewall, and the assassination of a president. These events point towards chaos and unrest. Within chaos and unrest, people could seek comfort through religion and the idea that these events served a purpose as a part of a plan that an otherworldly figure had devised. Religion would be a form of hope. Nonetheless, establishing religion in politics would provide an alibi to the people in power to as why disastrous circumstances were occurring under their reign as well as violating the first amendment.
Williams’ characterization of Blanche as a character of many layers and different emotions is particularly evident in this scene as he presents her in different lights through different mediums. In this scene, Blanche is presented as afraid. This effect is achieved through Blanche’s actions, which are revealed to us by stage directions. “She looks fearfully after him” this explicitly unveils to the audience Blanche’s reaction to Mitch’s arrival as well as his attitude.
Attila is the physical power institutions like the government have on the society, this type of force is embodied for example in police forces , sentences in prisons and political violence. In a very different way but to a similar effect, the Witch-Doctor as described by Ayn Rand is that who controls people’s soul. Examples of this are religious faiths and for Emma Goldman it might even include patriotism. Examples of how Goldman think that the Witch-Doctor causes estrangement are for example how patriotism leads to killing and division between nations (Goldman, 128), how “religion, especially the Christian religion, has condemned woman to the life of an inferior” (Goldman, 196) creating estrangement between sexes and she believes that to inculcate faith is to destroy the inquiry potential in a kid (Goldman, 154). These latter is of special significance because only an individual with full inquiring capabilities reach a full level of rationality.
Do you believe God would take away everything to prove a point? Well Puritans did and they were straying away from their belief; therefore, two people in particular tried to save their people from sin. How can someone scare other people to do the right thing and get closer to God? In two of my sources, “Upon the Burning of Our House” by Bradstreet and “Sinner In the Hands of an Angry God” by Edwards, they conveyed two different types of scare tactics. The Puritans believe in their religion very strongly.