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A Modest Proposal - ... He even confides from a commendable person about the proposal, thus stating, “A very worthy person, a true lover of his country, and whose virtues I highly esteem, was lately pleased in discoursing on this matter to offer a refinement upon my scheme” (Swift 3). By referencing experiences of friends and acquaintances, Swift asserts that his proposal is indeed feasible and can be applied to remedy Ireland’s economy and social ills. He writes, “But with due deference to so excellent a friend… my American acquaintance assured me, from frequent experience…” (Swift 3)....   [tags: Literary Review ]
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Article Analysis: "The Oil Spill We Don't Hear About" - ... Ironically, the media continue to be unilateral and keep hush-hushing about it. However, BP oil Spills drew the attention of the world thank to the constant coverage and update from the media on the matter. In contrast, “I know few people in the United States who have heard about the oil spill in Niger Delta”, narrates the author. That’s why Ejikeme titles her op-ed with “The Oil Spill We Don’t Hear About”. To broaden the problem, she describes the living conditions in the areas of the Nigerian people, how they have to cope with the toxic and polluted environment for years and how the progress of preventing this disaster is still lacking in effects....   [tags: Article Analysis ]
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The Day After Tomorrow: Remediating Global Warming - ... Throughout many of the audience’s lifetime, L.A. has been known for being shrouded in smog. Emmerich noticeably displays the smog in the L.A scene to evoke the idea of CO2 emissions. Furthermore, he incorporates images where a tornado demolishes the Hollywood sign by showing it through a news channel on TV (Emmerich). This choice makes the scene much more realistic by allowing the movie audience to feel as if they are watching the television in real time within the movie itself. Again, the audience might feel like they are watching the news along with the characters in the film....   [tags: Film Analysis]
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Barack Obama: A Campaign Filled with Good Oral Intercourse - ... With pathos he identifies the issues that all Americans desire to be addressed: the lack of government action to a falling economy, disappearing jobs and a rise in poverty. Finally, through the use of ethos, he portrays himself as a regular man desperate to live the American dream and full of pride for his country. Obama’s speeches usually revolve around the ideal family. While setting the stage of ethos, he mentions his family history and struggle for the “American Dream”, a higher education, a rise from the ashes of poverty and the ability to love and raise a family without worrying about discrimination, inability to pay for education or lack of health care....   [tags: U.S. Politics ]
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Philosophy Should Be Included in a University Student's Coursework - ... Through mathematics and sciences students are taught to think critically and solve complex problems, but they are not shown ways to neutralize and detach themselves from their own opinion to further educate themselves on topics. This leaves students only able to see things from their own perspective, leaving themselves ignorant to the views of others. This technique of detachment and neutrality is specific to philosophy and is necessary to a functioning member of society to be successful in their life exploits....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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Differing Views on Parental Legitimacy - ... Moving forward, Morse continues to undermine her ethos by using broad generalizations and assumptions. An example being, “The child’s most basic entitlement is the right to be born into a home with both a mother and a father who love him and each other” (Morse 2). This statement assumes that all heterosexual married couples provide loving environments for children, while implying that non-traditional families do not. Morse never gives any evidence or an example to support this repeated viewpoint, therefore her credibility suffers....   [tags: Family Issues]
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Nutro Natural Choice Advertisement: An Analysis - ... DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is from fish oil, and is a proven nutrient for healthy brain development. Down below the facts on the bottom left corner is the website for the product. On the bottom right corner is a picture of Nutro Natural Choice dog food with a cream colored cocker spaniel dog on the bag. In the background of this ad is a picture of a man lying down on a mountain top with a dog on his stomach. The man is lying in a supine position, with his right leg just slightly bent to his left leg....   [tags: Advertising]
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Comparison Essay - ... This is not an effective method because he does not state a way to overcome this situation instead he just gives reasons to why we are failing to improve these environmental issues. By doing this, it does not influence the reader to get up and make a difference in the world. Just because the topic that Diamond and Mckibben are speaking about is similar does not mean that they go about it in an identical way. As stated in the previous paragraph, Mckibben uses a tremendous amount of pathos in his article, now depending on the reader; this could be a positive or negative technique to attract the reader’s attention....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Rhetorical Analysis of “The Chemistry of Wine Making” as an Example of Scientific Writing. - ... It is not ready to be tasted until at least the following May-the origin of the young, and often very harsh, ‘May Wine.’ This time sequence coincides with the typical school year and thus provides an ideal opportunity to have a continuing demonstration. As the year passes and the course progresses, continued reference can be made to the various stages of the wine production…. The suggested demonstration of making wine in the classroom and using it as the central point in many discussions of chemical reactions has not been widely practiced because of local custom, the lack of a near-by vineyard, and the necessary knowledge of just how to make wine....   [tags: Science]
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The Future of Technology and Social Networking - ... Martha Henning defines ethos as, “the source's credibility, the speaker's/author's authority”. With this being said, Ostrow’s speech uses ethos very effectively. Knowing Ostrow’s background and achievement gives him automatic credibility. In Ostrow’s speech he gives multiple examples of how technology can be made to keep a blog and webpage alive even after the person is dead. In particular, he gives reference to an interview on CNN where Anderson Cooper interviewed hip-hop artist Will.I.AM. based off of content used from his social networking pages....   [tags: Technology / Social Networking]
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Rhetoric in the American Immigration Debate - ... The writing and organizational style of Enrique’s Journey walks a thin line between ethnography and creative non-fiction, a choice that deliberately increases the emotional and imaginative appeal. Even with the imaginative aspects of the story, Enrique’s Journey is an impassioned but critical appeal against poverty in the American hemisphere, of which undocumented migration is merely one symptom. Enrique’s mother-in-law, Eva, succinctly summarizes, “What would it take to keep people from leaving....   [tags: Analysis, Logic, Credibility, Emotions] 1655 words
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Gender Politics and the Liminality of the Herculean Body - ... The focus on the pathos of the female in Sophocles’s play, thus, gives the female an agency otherwise absent. The audience is shown the emotional roots of seemingly irrational actions (such as Hera’s act in Heracles and Deianeira’s passing of the coat in Women of Trachis), restoring to the feminine realm a type of justice. From the onset, Deianeria is the victim of a patriarchal system in which she has no agency. Achelous, her initial suitor, can be said to symbolize the dangerous primal, masculine energy behind Nature that seeks to possess the feminine vessel....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles] 1529 words
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The Letter from Birmingham Jail - ... King seeks to lessen the aggression of white citizens while revitalizing the passion for nonviolent protest in the minds of African Americans. King cautions, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (King, 11), and African Americans must stand up for their rights. As King describes the incredible horrors African Americans endure on a daily basis, he attempts to evoke an empathetic response in white conservatives, generating a refutation against these immoral behaviors. He wants his readers to imagine the pain and humiliation of the ill treatment that African Americans endure on a daily basis....   [tags: Martin Luther King] 1038 words
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How Technology Will Shape Learning - ... Furthermore, Glenn provides the reader with backup information from “New York City-based Queens College vice-president of institutional advancement, Susan Henderson” asserting that, “Technology allows students to become much more engaged in constructing their own knowledge, and cognitive studies show that ability is key to learning success” (5). This does not only back-up her purpose idealizing technology but also gives the reader credibility about the author. Right after Glenn captures the audience’s interest with the use of ethos and logos she always confirms her thoughts and opinions with the use of expert testimonies and a graphic survey chart at the end....   [tags: Article Review, Marie Glenn] 1317 words
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The Two-Second Judgment - ... Gladwell, in order to appeal to the audience’s wisdom, draws on examples from science, advertising, sales, medicine, popular music and regular peoples activities such as gambling, speed dating, tennis, military war games, malpractice suits and predicting divorce. "We live in a society dedicated to the idea that we're always better off gathering as much information and spending as much time as possible in deliberation. As children, this lesson is drummed into us again and again: haste makes waste, look before you leap, stop and think," says Gladwell....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 984 words
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An Overlook of The Stead Fast Tin Soldier - ... After bludgeoning us emotionally, Andersen returns to the incognito subconscious in order to extract enough power for the exposition to gain potency. “All of this” that “was very lovely” makes reference to the plethora of toys that the boy receives. As a result, this part of the prose takes advantage of our psychology and the negations of perceptibly inferior choices that occur when given an irresistible alternative: We vie for only “the biggest and baddest”. The description of the toys, which employs another mechanism where enumeration is the primary component, precedes the next part, which topples the preceding ideas, and employs a comparison of two unlike emotions: complacency and cupidity....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Bush and Blair 9-11 Speeches: Analysis of Rhetorical Devices - ... “Our nation, this generation, will lift a dark threat of violence from our people and our future” (Bush, 2001). “This generation”, again a synonym for the American people, with its unwavering resolve, will fight for its freedom persistently. He intimates that the future of America and of democratic freedom is in the hands of the American people: that the American people have the power to control their fate. The next sentence leads into America’s “philanthropically” democratic nature: “We will rally the world to this cause, by our efforts and by our courage” (Bush, 2001)....   [tags: Politics] 955 words
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“Is Google Making Us Stupid” and “Get Smarter” - ... Carr notices that while technology keeps artificial information moving forward and huge amounts of information at our disposal, it also affects our natural ability to think for ourselves. He is appealing to pathos because he senses that this common problem is making our society less dependent with their selves and more dependent towards technology. He uses his article to appeal to the fact that he notices the changes in the ways that he used to think came from the use of technology. Cascio, on the other hand, thinks that technology is what makes our society so efficient....   [tags: Technology]
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The Techniques of Persuasion in W.J. Reeves’ “College Isn’t For Everyone” - ... In his attempt to persuade parents that a four-year college is not always the right choice for enrolling students, Reeves links his opinion to a statistic regarding how education relates to the economy. For example Reeve states “… that 70% of the workers in the coming decades will not need a four-year degree, but, rather an associate degree from a community college or some type of technical certificate,” which he quoted from The Futurist in the article “Creating Tomorrows Work Force” (128)....   [tags: Education]
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White Privilege: Reality or Myth? - ... She thinks that whites are carefully taught not to recognize white privileges, and as one who writes about having white privilege, she must ask: “what will I do to lessen or end it?” McIntosh wants to encourage white people to start recognizing situations in which they are privileged because of their skin color. That way would be more people to help lessen this problem, and make changes in our social system. McIntosh also points out, that men tend to be unaware of their own privileges as men....   [tags: Racial Issues] 1845 words
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Free Essays on Wharton's Ethan Frome: Wonderful and Cynical Ethane - Wonderful and Cynical Ethane Frome   Wonderful symbolism, pleasant reading, yet cynical and deterministic   I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and recommend it to lovers of romantic tragedy. For its mere 157 pages, this novel has an amazing impact. Wharton, who is usually credited for her stories set in the society she was more familiar with, such as "The Age of Innocence" writes with profound symbolism here. Setting the story in the town of Starkfield, her main character, Ethan, is a poor farmer caught between the cold reality of his marriage and his warm passion for love....   [tags: Ethan Frome Essays] 373 words
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Elie Wiesel's Night - Elie Wiesel's Night In Elie Wiesel’s Night, he recounts his horrifying experiences as a Jewish boy under Nazi control. His words are strong and his message clear. Wiesel uses themes such as hunger and death to vividly display his days during World War II. Wiesel’s main purpose is to describe to the reader the horrifying scenes and feelings he suffered through as a repressed Jew. His tone and diction are powerful for this subject and envelope the reader. Young readers today find the actions of Nazis almost unimaginable....   [tags: Elie Wiesel's Night] 438 words
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Bennet on Religion - Bennett sets up an unsettling depiction of today’s society. However, it seems as though he is merely trying to draw pathos out of readers. He mentions the most heinous crimes, and extreme situations and attempts to pass it off as a normal occurrence in society. He states over and over that “something has gone wrong with us.” Though some of the situations he speaks of are accepted as socially deviant but most all of society, some of it is extremely relative. He speaks a great deal on out of wedlock births....   [tags: essays research papers] 449 words
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Charles Dickens - Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is one of the greatest and most popular writers in the history of literature. In his novels, Dickens combines masterly storytelling, humor, pathos, and irony with sharp social criticism and acute observation of people and places, both real and imagined. On February 7, 1812, in Portsmouth, England, Charles Dickens was born to John and Elizabeth Dickens. Charles was the second of eight children. He spent most of his childhood in London, the setting for many of his novels....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 467 words
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frankenstein ethos - The story begins with and is enveloped by Walton’s letters to his sister. His sister is very close to him; as can be seen by the affection terms used for her and the comfort level that Walton has with her; terms such as “dear sister” and “my sister”. This relationship that Walton has with his sister is placed on the reader through his expressions and use of language. The reader is forced into the role of a character that already has some developments. Walton’s sister is a character that exists prior to the story; this can be seen by the way Walton treats his subject....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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John Donne Holy Sonnets - John Donne Death is a very complicated subject that people view very differently in different situations. In John Donne’s Holy Sonnets, he writes about death in Meditations X and XVII. Both meditations use many similar rhetorical devices and appeals, but the tones of the meditations are very disparate. Donne’s different messages in Meditations X and XVII convey tones of defiance and acquiescence towards death, respectively. His apparent change of attitude towards death could be accounted for by his differing life situations while he was writing the meditations: mid-life, and near-death....   [tags: essays research papers] 569 words
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Let’s Put Pornography Back in the Closet - ... Susan Brownmiller is a feminist, the founder of Women Against Pornography, and an author of several books (57). The essay “Let’s Put Pornography Back in the Closet” comes from the book Take Back the Night, published in 1980 (57). She clearly wants to inform and persuade the audience of this essay to believe that pornography is degrading to women. In her introduction, Brownmiller tries to gain the reader’s sympathy by stating, “Free speech is one of the great foundations on which our democracy rests” (57)....   [tags: literary Analysis, Susan Brownmiller] 601 words
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