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1 Aristotle’s Three Ways to Persuade Logos Ethos Pathos

2 Who is Aristotle? Aristotle (384-322 BCE) is the most notable product of the educational program devised by Plato. Aristotle wrote on an amazing range of subjects, from logic, philosophy, and ethics to physics, biology, psychology, politics, and rhetoric.

3 What is rhetoric? Rhetoric is the art of persuasion. The goal of persuasion is to change others’ point of view or to move others to take action (call to action).

4 Logos, Ethos, Pathos Using logos, ethos, and pathos will help you to master the art of persuasion. Through language (diction-word choice), you will be able to change the point of view of others! Through language, you will be able to motivate others to take action!

5 What is logos, ethos, and pathos? Logos = Logic/reasoning Ethos = Ethics, Credibility Pathos = Emotions (Passion)

6 Logos Logos is an argument based on facts, evidence and reason. Using logos means appealing to the readers’ sense of what is logical.

7 Characteristics of Logos Strong and clear claims Claims or reasons that are valid Strong evidence (facts, statistics, expert authority, etc.) Uses definitions or analogies

8 Images for logos

9 Ethos Ethos is an argument based on the author’s character. Using ethos means the writer or speaker appeals to the audience’s sense of ethical behavior. The writer or speaker presents him or herself to the audience as credible, trustworthy, honest and ethical. “I am an ethical expert, so believe what I say.”

10 Characteristics of Ethos  The speaker establish intelligence, goodwill, and virtue.  The speaker is unbiased and fair.  The speaker shows that he or she is reliable.  The speaker uses appropriate tone.

11 We tend to believe people whom we respect. One of the central problems of argumentation is to project an impression to the reader that you are someone worth listening to. In other words, make yourself as an author an authority on the subject. As well as, you must come across as someone who is likable and worthy of respect. Ethos continued...

12 Ethos In the following example, note how Nancy Mairs establishes her credibility and trustworthiness and authority to write about this subject by being honest. Mairs admits she is uncertain about her own motives and shows she understands the discomfort others’ have with this subject.

13 Ethos Example First, the matter of semantics. I am a cripple. I choose this word to name me. I choose from among several possibilities, the most common of which are “handicapped” and “disabled.” I made the choice a number of years ago, without thinking, unaware of my motives for doing so. Even now, I am not sure what those motives are, but I recognize that they are complex and not entirely flattering.

14 Images of Ethos

15 Pathos Pathos = argument based on feelings Using pathos means appealing to readers’ emotions and feelings.

16 Characteristics of Pathos  Just a few examples of how to connect to the audience’s emotions: Love/Nostalgia Hatred Pride Fear Patriotism Greed/Desire  Often Reinforce Logical Arguments  Use Imagery and Metaphor to establish connections  Often use Anecdotes

17 Pathos Example We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender. —Winston Churchill, speech to the House of Commons, June 4, 1940

18 Pathos Example In the following example from a speech by Winston Churchill, note the use of anaphora (repetition of a word or group of words at the beginning of items in a series). This repetition emphasizes the point and expresses passion and emotion. Moreover, the repetition affects the audience emotionally.

19 Images of Pathos

20 Different rhetorical devices that are used to make a stronger argument. Repetition- repeating a word or phrase to reinforce a message, and to enhance a mood or emotional effect. Anaphora- repetition of a beginning word or phrase. Parallelism-repetition of words or phrases that have the same grammatical structure. Rhetorical question- a question asked for effect and that does not actually require an answer. Analogy- a comparison made between two things to show how they are alike. Anecdote- a very brief story, told to illustrate a point or serve as an example of something.

21 Parts of an argument: 1. Attention Grabber/Hook 2. Thesis/Position Statement 3. Evidence/examples/support 4. Rhetorical devices (can appear anywhere throughout the argument) 5. Counterargument (where you address the other point of view) 6. Conclusion/reiterating main points 7. Call to action

22 Final thought You as the writer must decide how best to present your point of view in order to convince your audience to take action.

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