Carr appeals to emotion by telling the reader about her childhood experience at the zoo. She allows the reader to identify with her by pointing out that she “went to the zoo all the time with [her] family” and that she “loved pandas” (Carr); the reader identifies with her, as the reader is likely to have visited the zoo as a child or likely to have a love for animals. Initially, she was very...
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...y Carr failing to use the persuasive method of ethos, the reader is not so easily swayed.
Carr uses the rhetorical mode of argumentation in her article so that she can successfully persuade the reader into believing that zoos are jail cells for animals. She presents her arguments to the reader with the use of the persuasive methods of pathos and logos. Carr is successful in persuading the reader by using pathos, specifically, establishing an emotional connection with the reader. She is successful in persuading the reader by using logos, namely, referring to various figures and facts in her article. Conversely, she is not successful in persuading the reader so easily, as she fails to use ethos; she does not establish any sort of credibility or reliability with the reader. Thus, Carr’s article is somewhat persuasive, as weak arguments exist among the strong arguments.
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