Ethos Pathos Logos Essay

1118 Words Oct 14th, 2012 5 Pages
Amanda Stanford
Professor Eva Fuchs
English 1001

Ethos, Logos, Pathos: Rhetorical Analysis
In the article “Distorted Images: Western Cultures are Exporting Their Dangerous Obsession with Thinness,” author Susan McClelland’s mainly focuses on how many young women idolize the women they see on T.V. The media is making many women feel as if they need to look a certain way to fit in with the world. Also the fact the western culture is spreading to other countries is a big issue because sicknesses, like bulimia, were not an issue before. Many women in other countries are starting to look at the women in the United States and want to be just like them. In this article, the author says that television, magazines, and media show
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Not only did Zahara try to lose weight by starving herself and throwing up, she also wanted to look white by straightening her hair or doing anything to look like the women she saw on T.V. Another woman with a similar story was, Cheryl McConney. She was a black woman who was seen on television because she was a co-host for a talk show. She did not have an issue with weight; the problem she faced was her skin color. She did not get a job she wanted because she didn’t fit the image required, which was white and blonde. The author went the extra mile to record evidence from actual women who had eating disorders or problems with the way they looked due to the media. This was imperative in order to make the article more persuasive for the readers.
The author selectively used pathos throughout the essay to express her emotions, which makes the readers feel sympathy towards the women in this article. The following quote is an example of how the author used pathos. “I had so much self-hate, I couldn’t look in the mirror without feeling revulsion.” This sentence really shows the use of the pathos because while reading one should feel sympathy with the strong words such as “self-hate”. The problems those women and the women today face are real and it is very serious because they are doing nothing but harming themselves. The way the author chose to write her argument was so the readers can understand that this is an everyday issue and something needs to be done. The

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