In my first essay, I struggled with inserting attributive tags. Whenever a source was cited, I never revealed to the reader that I was summarizing the author’s point, because I had no idea that I had to. My first essay, Innovation or Conservation, it was evident that I failed to recognize and give credit to the author of the source. In the second paragraph I stated, “In the Himalayan mountains, there is an abundance of exotic animals that are being threatened by poachers” without ever acknowledging the author Koh any credit. For example, I could’ve written “Koh states” or “Koh explains” to indicate that I’m about to summarize his point of the animals being threatened by poachers (“Effort” 1). First, by not providing attributive tags it throws the reader off from the essay. In addition, I failed to present the author in the reading, which questions the credibility of my paper to the reader. Without including any attributive tags it causes the appeal of ethos to be weak due to the lack of general information about the author.
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...t unfortunately, these animals are under constant threat and the setting is too risky for soldiers to get in gunfights against poachers”. Watching people perish and animals suffer is not something we want and if it means searching for alternatives to avoid these measures then they will occur. Ultimately, the ethical strategies I felt strong in were pathos and logos, but felt short when it came to ethos.
In conclusion, with my learning experience from the beginning of my first day of classes till now, I have improved in areas I never imagined that existed. I am proud with what I have achieved in the class, but I have a long way before I can develop my weakness into strengths. From inputting attribute tags to citations I believe I have come a long way from not knowing anything. Only time and practice will dictate how efficiently I can improve my rhetorical appeals.
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