Friday, March 25, 2011

Activity 3: Analysis of Letter by Jonan Ling (15)

The writer uses ethos in the first paragraph by appealing towards the congressman’s ethics to support gun control. The writer then uses pathos by stating that himself/herself has lost a child to guns. In the next four paragraphs, the write uses only logos, stating facts that make it clear that guns not only don’t benefit people who use them in defense, but instead, make it even more lethal and increase the rate of injury. In the sixth paragraph, the writer once again uses ethos to appeal to the congressman by telling him that his/her child was killed by a gun that belonged to a person intending to use it in self-defense, but it fell into untrained hands, showing that gun control is not only necessary, it is only ethical and in the final paragraph, the writer uses pathos, using emotions like guilt to appeal to the congressman to support gun control.

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