Rhetorical Analysis Of Ray Comfort's Film '180'

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Is the holocaust, one of the greatest tragedies the world has ever known is being forgotten? This is the question asked by Ray Comfort in the film “180”. The film, made in 2011, offers a Pro-Life argument by evangelist Ray Comfort. In the film Ray asks a series of questions pertaining to the holocaust and the issue of abortion to interviewees with the goal of changing their mind on abortion. The film seeks to show the wrongs of abortion by comparing it to the holocaust. Throughout his video Ray Comfort uses Ethos, Pathos, Logos, as well as Rhetoric in his witnessing to support his argument.
Ethos, is using other people’s credibility or reputation to support an argument. Ray Comfort uses ethos as the foundation for his argument. This is evident by the first question Comfort asks his audience, “Who is Adolph Hitler?” (Comfort 2011). This question serves as a gateway into the conversation which not only proves Comforts opening statement that Americans are forgetting the Holocaust but for the ones who knew who he was it initiated the conversation. The example qualifies as ethos because it uses the reputation of Adolph Hitler to support his point that Hitler was a terrible person as evident through most of replies from those who knew who he was, but to also support his argument that
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The largest point which Comfort attempts to make is to draw the stark similarities between the Nazi holocaust and the American holocaust. In the holocaust over six million Jews were slaughtered in one of the world’s largest mass killings humanity has ever witnessed (Documenting 2017). Today, history repeats its self as almost 60,000,000 babies have been killed since 1973 in the United States (Number 2017). If anything, this only proved the point of George Santayana who famously wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” (Santanya

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