Friday, March 25, 2011

Activity 3: Analysis of Letter by Goh Jun Hong (13)

The letter is very persuasive due to the appalling evidences given. Plus, the use of Aristotle’s Theory of rhetoric (Ethos, Pathos, Logos). The quote “As a concerned parent who lost a child to a gun accident, I am writing to urge you to support the gun control legislation that will be on the November ballot.” is a form of Ethos where you convince your audience/reader through your character. The evidence that supports the letter’s persuasiveness is the quote “Did you know that, according to the F.B.I…… It is much higher now.” Logos is the evidence where you persuade through contextual knowledge or sources. Pathos is persuading through emotions or personal experience. The quote “ The reason that I have such an intense interest in ….. legislation that would make more such incidents occur?” is a form of Pathos. Balancing all Ethos, Pathos and Logos is important because too much of any would cause an imbalance thus making the letter less persuasive.

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