The Holocaust not only can be seen as a horrific event, but also as a way to minister against abortion for evangelist Ray Comfort. Ray Comfort in his production “180” took a different perspective on the Holocaust and happened to alter the minds of many people that he met on the streets. Although the clear majority of people he met came to side with his arguments, there were few that disagreed with him. Ray comfort not only changed the minds of the people he met, but made a change of their hearts for the better. Three things that stand out in the “180” video are, his use of rhetoric appeal, the legalization of abortion being, the holocaust, and repentance of sins. In the “180” movie Ray Comfort outstandingly used rhetorical appeal throughout his argument in a thorough way to further grasp his audience’s attention. He used pathos, ethos, and logos during the course of his dispute of abortion and the Holocaust. Comfort uses pathos more frequently than the other two appeals, to plea to the audience’s heart strings. An example of when pathos was used was when …show more content…
One example of ethos in the film was when Guttmacher Institute said from 1973-2008, fifty-three million three hundred ten thousand eight hundred and thirty-four unborn babies were killed in the American Holocaust. A tremendous use of ethos was when Ray quoted from the Bible telling the sixth commandment “Thou shall not murder.” The sixth commandment is not the only time he used the Bible and God as a credible source. Comfort mentioned a verse that states “He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” He used the Bible and God many more times in his arguments and quoted other commandments that one should follow. Ray also uses the very words of Adolf Hitler, leader of the Holocaust, at one point, when Hitler claimed that “[God is] a
...etorical analysis teaches that the practice of rhetoric in pathos is not always strong enough to stand alone or solely support an argument. Many times pathos is contingent on emotions that are not supported by anything but the speaker alone. Therefore, like President Johnson’s speech, it is important to stick to a genre since it offers enough structure to validate the pathos illustrated. The deliberative genre provides a speech that evokes a serious setting where the speaker can be taken seriously and with a sense of urgency. The combination of pathos and genre can be a model for a successful pair of rhetorical features explained through my rhetorical analysis of Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1963 acceptance speech. In this speech he was able to address the devastating loss and mourning of JFK, while all the same maintaining an outlook of perseverance of the American people.
persuasions. For that reason, using only pathos for emotions of the audiences is not enough
He recreated the images of destruction and showed the cruelty used against the victims of the Holocaust, “Without passion, without haste, they [the Nazi soldiers] slaughtered their prisoners. Each one had to go up to the hole and present his neck. Babies were thrown into the air and the machine gunners used them as targets,” (4). After reading his narrative, readers could not dispute the occurrence of the Holocaust, as no one could conjure up images of such horror and evil. He described their displacement in such a way that people couldn’t even imagine, only those who had experienced it could explain the internal reasoning of the victims.
Pathos is an appeal to emotion and is a way of convincing an audience of an argument by creating an
One of the most popular classical appeals of rhetoric is pathos, which involves the use of emotion to manipulate a reaction from the audience. Stein uses pathos within his article to convince readers to agree with his argument. Pathos is first used when Stein compares an adult male watching pornography to an adult male reading a young adult book. In modern society, pornography is a taboo subject that is shameful for one to admit to watching. Through the comparison of an adult watching pornography and an adult reading young adult book, the reader is required to associate the negative view of pornography with adults reading YA books. This use of pathos uses the readers’ previous views on pornography and manipulates it to support the argument of the
Pathos is the appeal to an audience’s emotion. Aside from the other two appeals that I have outlined in this essay, pathos is by far the most recognizable appeal in Lamott’s article. The humorous tone of the article is very easily recognized and frankly, it is hard not to laugh at some of Lamott’s uncalled-for sarcastic remarks (whether it be in your head or out loud). For example, when writing about how every writer she knows never writes an elegant first draft, she continues, “All right, one of them does, but we do not like her very much. We do not think that she has a rich inner life or that God likes her or can even stand her” (1). By making such presumptuous claims about this person, some audiences might find this type of language comical or entertaining, which in turn makes them want to believe Lamott and continue reading. In a way this helps Lamott seem credible to some readers, in which case she has created a successful argument. On the other hand, some readers might find this kind of language unprofessional and inappropriate. Because much of the article deals with language that is full of humor and sarcasm, it would make sense to say that Lamott has directed this article towards an audience who is looking for something more entertaining than a typical statistic-filled essay that one might consider mainstream in this field. Whether it be entertaining or absurd, Lamott most definitely uses the appeal of pathos in her
For example, the emotion is felt when Kozol speaks to a student from a New York, Bronx high school, “Think of it this way,” said a sixteen-year-old girl. “If people in New York woke up one day and learned that we were gone…how would they feel? Then when asking how she thought the people of New York would feel she replied, “I think they’d be relieved” (Kozol 205). By mentioning the thoughts and emotions of individuals involved with the issues of school system segregation and inequality his reader cannot help but develop a feeling of empathy for children that feel as if no one cares about them and their issue. Kozol also uses pathos effectively by reading letters to his reader he received from young elementary school children that are not afforded the same amenities as other children in wealthier school systems, amenities such as toilet paper or the appropriate amount of restrooms. Which causes students to hold the urge to relieve themselves out of fear of being late for class (Kozol 214). With the proper use of pathos, Kozol places the reader in the same situation and assistances the reader with an understanding of his reason for conveying a concern to help children in this unfortunate situation. Another example of Pathos is when he speaks of the letters that came from third-grade children asking for help with getting them better things. He mentions a letter that had the most affected on him that came from a girl named Elizabeth, “It is not fair that other kids have a garden and new things. But we don’t have that.” (Kozol 206). This example being only one example of the few things mentioned in the letter. The tone of the little girl from when Kozol reads gives a pitiful and sad feeling. By stating this, it acts on the reader’s emotional state which creates a sense of wanting to resolve the problem of
An example, of emotionally loaded language found in her essay, “What I’ve Learned from Men,” is: “By putting herself down, a woman avoids feeling “selfish”; she also does the traditional lady’s work of trying to make everyone feel better” (Ehrenrech 207). Her use of pathos, is evident through her use of immensely strong language, in order to get her point across, about how women treat themselves in everyday situations. Barbara, is able to persuade her audience to support her argument, by discussing a topic that women may have done to themselves in the past, or that they have not realized that they have done, gaining a connection with her audience. Similarly, an example, of emotionally loaded language found in her essay, “Are Women Getting Sadder,” is: “Feminism made women miserable. This, anyway, seems to be the most popular takeaway from "The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness…” (Ehrenrech). As Barbara states her view on other people’s opinion of feminism, it is evident that Barbara’s choice of words are ones that can emotionally affect her audience. Her use of pathos is evident through her choice of words, which can affect her audience in either positive or negative way. Barbara, hopes that her strong words with affect her readers in a positive way, making them aware of a different view of feminism. Similarly, an example
Ray Comfort uses pathos successfully as he gets in touch with the audience’s emotions and persuades eight people to change their perspectives. At the beginning of the discussion Comfort asks the audience if they were to have a high-power weapon in their possession and Adolph Hitler was in their sights would they kill him. Most of the interviewees said that they would. He then asks a very similar question, he asks the people that if they were in the presence of Hitler’s mother while she was pregnant with him would
“‘If we bear all this suffering and if there are still Jews left, when it is over, then Jews, instead of being doomed, will be held up as an example.’” ― Anne Frank (“Children During the Holocaust” 5). In Lodz, Poland, the Nazis had reduced a Jewish population of more than 220,000 to almost less than 1,000 (“Hidden Children: Quest for Family” 2). Families during the Holocaust were treated so badly that being Jewish for some Jewish children had come to symbolize persecution while Christianity symbolized security (“Hidden Children: Quest For Family” 3). And, another frequent problem of the separation of the family was a child's inability in later life to form effective bonds (“Separation from the Family” 12). The Holocaust was something people could only imagine. Families were split apart, loved ones were
Pathos is an emotional appeal that influences what people think and believe. “If you strike the right emotional note, you’ll establish an important connection” (44), you want people to use their emotions to connect them into what your saying which persuades them. For example when you see those sad animal shelter videos on TV with the depressing music you automatically want to save and nurture the animals on the TV because they connected to you and tugged at your emotions. Pathos is used in many things such as literature, ads, music and arguments most importantly. “Make people be aware of how much they owe to others, and they’ll acknowledge that debt; persuade people to hate an enemy, and they’ll rally against it; make people feel secure of happy (or insecure or unhappy) , and they’ll buy products the promise such good feelings” (41), and that's why pathos is so important in
Many events have shaped history for the good and for the bad. The Holocaust was an event that has remained in the memories of many throughout the world and is still a very sensitive subject to this day. There were many people affected by its gravity, and its backlash is still mourned today by its survivors and those who lost loved ones during that time period. It is easy to sympathize with the pain that people went through during that horrific time. Steven Spielberg’s film, Schindler’s List, does an excellent job at tugging at the heart strings of its audience and invoking emotion. Throughout the movie, the filmmaker’s ability to captivate the audience provides viewers an insight into the suffering that the Jews endured during World War II at the hands of the merciless Nazis.
The persuasive appeal of pathos seeks to connect to an audience’s sense of who they are, their own self-interests, and their emotions. As human beings, we tend to naturally sway towards what is beneficial or advantageous to us. Relating to readers on that type of personal level by getting them emotionally invested in my writing is a powerful tool and form of communication that I believe I excel in.