Rhetorical Analysis Of A Commercial

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This is a compare and contrast rhetorical analysis paper focusing on a print billboard advertisement and television commercial. The billboard advertisement is centered on a smoking death count, sponsored by several heart research associations. In addition, the television Super Bowl commercial illustrates how irresistible Doritos are, set in an ultrasound room with a couple and their unborn child. The following paragraphs will go in depth to interpret the pathos, logos, and ethos of both the billboard and the television advertisements.
Clark (2016) suggests that rhetoric isn’t limited to oral communication, but currently has a permanent foothold in written works: magazine or newspaper excerpts, novels, and scientific reports. Not only written
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Ethos has to do primarily with credibility. Ethos is an appeal to ethics, and is a means of convincing the audience of the character or credibility of the persuader or content. Examples of this in the billboard advertisement are the sponsors at the bottom: Baron Real Estate, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and the American Lung Association. In the Doritos commercial advertisement, logos is seen with the brand title. The Doritos logos is the more powerful of the two based on this information, because of how Doritos is widely known and recognized by all, while many of the sponsors on the billboard aren’t as immediately…show more content…
The video describes how our society may not even care about the product being advertised, but we still read the billboard or watch the commercial. Also mentioned was the use of colors in a commercial, the marketing effects in politics, and even market research obtained by studying different cults. Frontline takes an in-depth look at the multibillion-dollar “persuasion industries” of advertising and how this rhetoric affects everyone. So whether this is in the form of a television commercial or a billboard, pathos, logos, and ethos can be found in all advertisements.
Paragraph 7: Conclusion Rhetoric is easily seen when comparing and contrasting these two forms of advertisement, as was proven. Between the Doritos commercial and the smoking billboard, examples of pathos, logos, and ethos were not hard to find. Both advertisements, though, were different in their ways of expressing rhetoric. Therefore, analyzing them individually was not the challenge, but choosing which manipulated rhetoric the best was hard. In general, it is important to recognize and interpret the pathos, logos, and ethos in all things and
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