Analysis of Why the Pledge of Allegiance Should Be Revised Essay

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Analysis of Why the Pledge of Allegiance Should Be Revised
Why the pledge of allegiance should be revised, by Gwen Wilde, is a very well written essay that the reader would most likely deem convincing. Gwen Wilde states that the Pledge in its latest from simply requires all Americans to say the phrase “one nation, under God,” when many Americans do not believe in God. She uses many different writing strategies to get her point across in a very precise and appropriate manner. Although there are some minor problems, this analysis will explain how Gwen Wilde uses certain writing strategies that are able to back her argument with a very convincing approach.
In the essay, the author appeals to ethos, pathos, and logos very well. Although she
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The author does not rationalize at all that would stand out against her essay, but uses in-depth reasoning instead.
The author uses many different types of evidence to appeal to logos in her essay. For example, the reader can find instances of examples, hypothetical situations, analogies, and authoritative testimonies. An example the reader gives is one that was stated in the previous paragraph of the analysis concerning the Americans that have fought and died to keep their country free that may have not had a religious belief at all. This is an example that not all Americans have to believe in God to be patriotic. This would also be seen as a hypothetical situation since she does not give statistical evidence to back that theory. For all the reader may know, every soldier who has fought and died protecting the freedom of others may have believed in God, which is unlikely but true. An example of an analogy in the essay is seen in the paragraph in which she gives an explanation of a particular defense to the phrase “under God,” which is that the words “In God We Trust” also appear on U.S. currency. She states how this comparison is not sound due to the understanding that people do not concentrate on those words while undergoing a business transaction, although people know full and well what they are saying when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The essay is full of authoritative testimony given by those who believe the Pledge of Allegiance should have the

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