College Doesn T Need To Be Free Rhetorical Analysis

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Many people use different appeals to write about a particular argument. I read two articles that showed how to use ethos, pathos, and logos correctly. The first article is “College Doesn’t Need to be Free” by Charles Lane, who argued why it is not a smart idea for the economy to make tuition free. The other article that counters Lane’s argument is “Why All Public Higher Education Should Be Free” by Bob Samuels, where he explains the pros of free education. I believe the article, “College Doesn’t Need to be Free,” is more persuasive because it has a stronger sense logos and ethos. Even though his pathos is not that strong, he still includes it in his article, making it more persuasive.
In Lane’s article, he was able to show ethos correctly and
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Lane could even agree that “setting a single out-of-pocket price — zero — would indeed make it easier to attend school,” (Lane 5) showing his pathos by being able to relate to those who want free tuition. Although he does not agree with why college should be free, he still agrees that it would makes things easier in a perfect world, which would be great for everyone. Therefore, he used pathos by affecting the reader’s emotions and making them feel bad with this statement: “college costs are doomed to rise faster than inflation” (Lane 9). This statement is not there to make someone laugh or excited about the topic, but more to make them understand the author’s argument, even if it has to appeal to their sad emotions. He adds to the disheartening statement by contrast saying, “free” tuition, regardless of need, may breed entitlement, indifference or both” (Lane 12). Pathos should be used to appeal to the reader's emotion in order for them to sympathize with the argument. Lane was able to incorporate some pathos in order to make his article better by using all of the rhetorical appeals …show more content…
Although it made the article more intriguing, he did not have enough logos or ethos to back up his arguments. However, his pathos was excellent, which allowed him to appeal to students who do drop out for financial reasons with his statement saying, “the biggest reason why students drop out of higher education is that they cannot afford the high cost of tuition” (Samuels 2). It made his article more relatable to people who have faced financial challenges, or those who are worried about facing those struggles in the future. He knows that free tuition is what any college student would want and what any parent, putting their child through college, would want. He keeps pushing by saying, “we need a more educated workforce, but we also need more educated citizens” /to get the general public’s attention (Samuels 5) . Everyone should be educated and gain a higher paying job in a field they love, which is what Samuels is trying to get at with this statement to make his argument more persuasive. He is not done there, he then brings in the government and why they are failing us. He demands for free education by saying, “failure to fund higher education means that America’s economy is unable to compete with other developed nations that have free universities” (Samuels 4). He brings in the fact of how other nations, such as Germany, that have free tuition to show people that we need to have that in the United States. But he

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