Essay about How Solzhenitsyn 's Men Have Forgotten God

912 Words Dec 4th, 2015 4 Pages
Solzhenitsyn’s Men Have Forgotten God, reflects upon the spiritual life of Soviet Russia in 1970. At the time of his speech, Soviet Russia was taking away parents from the children so the children could not adopt the faith of their parents. At the same time, they were also taking away priest, nuns, and monks were rounded up and killed either by shooting or by freezing to death. With all this religious persecution and time of mass chaos, the church was weak if existent at all. Note that the already religious personnel were not weak but the church was weakened by the massacres. Solzhenitsyn appeals to ethos when he starts the paragraph by showing his background, specifically when he states that he read hundreds of books and read interviews (Solzhenitsyn, 1970), with this statement he tries to show that he is knowledgeable by saying he has read hundreds of books on the subject at hand and tries to build even more ethos when he states that he collected hundreds of personal testimonies from people who were there. By saying he studied the revolution for 50 years (Solzhenitsyn, 1970), in this he tries to show that he processes a knowledge that would be considered larger than the average humans on the subject of the revolution that took Russia and threw her into her communistic state that she is in. The final way that he builds upon ethos comes when he quotes the people that are well respected in their fields and by using their past to help build up ethos for the paper. The way…

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