Where Did My Little Girl Go Rhetorical Analysis

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Both Charles M. Blow and Dave Berry make similar arguments in regards to parenting while using rhetorical strategies and different writing styles to achieve their goals. Whether persuading the audience by appealing to their emotion’s or, by the use of arguments that they will perceive as logical. In The Passion of Parenting, the author Charles M. Blow uses the rhetorical strategy called pathos. Pathos, or emotional appeal, appeals to an audience's needs, values, and emotional sensibilities. The author’s argument places an emphasis reason, but there is an emphasis placed on emotion as well. The author placed an emphasis on his children's need to grow up, but also on how it hurts to see them leave. The main argument about parenting in The…show more content…
This strategy can be used to persuade an audience because of the logical appeal. The speaker states, “Nevertheless I am, legally, Sophie’s father, and I have certain fundamental obligations, the main one being to protect her from harm, with “harm” defined as “men.”. This statement appeals to an audience that may experience the same goals as a parent, especially a father. This statement essentially attempts to persuade the audience by making a reasonable claim and offering proof in support of that claim throughout the rest of the article. The main argument about parenting in Where Did My Little Girl Go?, is that he as a parent has certain duties over his daughter, and that he is the one responsible for protecting her. He states, “…she confers with her several hundred closes girlfriends or my wife, who is also a woman.” Even though she may not confide in him, like she does her friends and her mom, he is still needed to safeguard her future. Satire is meant to be humorous, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit to draw attention to both particular and wider issues in society. The speaker wrote his article in the form of a satire to draw attention to not only teenage boys views of teenage girls, but also the perspective of both parties from a father’s
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