Essay on Argumentative Fallacy Vs. Straw

1019 Words Jun 20th, 2016 null Page
Argumentative fallacy 's can be seen in everyday life from talking with one 's mom to speaking with their boss, the trouble is identifying these fallacy 's and being aware that they do exist and can affect oneself and the person they are speaking to. Being able to know the difference between an ad hominem and straw man could be the difference between winning one 's argument. To begin with, two quite opposite articles have been provided that contain a central claim about the Iraq war. One of these articles is written by Anna Quindlen, 'We 've been here before ', while the other one is by Donald Stoker, 'Insurgencies rarely win '. Quindlen 's article contains much argumentative fallacy’s that can be found throughout her writing, limiting the effectiveness of the article and projecting a, perhaps unintended, negative responses to her article. On the other hand, Stoker does the exact opposite with his article containing little to no fallacy’s, making his article a much neater and more scholarly piece of writing that conveys Stokers argument effectively. In Quindlen 's article, one of the prominent argumentative fallacies made is in the last paragraph, as she states, “Someone with a trumpet should play taps outside the White House for the edification of a president who has not attended a single funeral for the Iraqi war dead” ( Quindlen). The fallacy made here is an ad hominem because although Bush is guilty of not appearing at any funeral for the Iraq war, the personal…

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