Is Our Future Dependent On Reading? By Neil Gaiman

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The question, “Is our future dependent on reading?” is what Neil Gaiman addressed in his persuasive piece that was published on the newspaper website The Guardian. Because of the fact that it is a persuasive article, Gaiman was very adamant in his position on the issue. He claimed that the best method for a successful and literate future is to read to children when they are young so they can form good habits at a young age. In order to most effectively get his message across, Gaiman demonstrated the use of ethos, pathos, logos, as well as forming his arguments with the use of six plus one traits. There are many ways to get your message across to readers and one way that writers do this is in the way that they present their arguments. One …show more content…
This type of argument is based purely on evoking emotions from the reader. This is achieved by telling stories, using similes and metaphors, and also sharing a vision with the reader. Although pathos is not used as much as logos and ethos in Gaiman’s persuasive article, it was still used rather effectively. The most prominent use of pathos in the article is the use of metaphors. For example, Gaiman says that, “ Physical books are like sharks” in respect to both being tough and the best thing of their kind. While sharks are the rulers of the ocean, books are the rulers of the literature world. Another metaphor that Gaiman was successful in getting across was, “Books are the gateway drug to reading.” This really stuck out to me especially because I can verify that it is one hundred percent true. He talked later in that paragraph about how great books can get you fully immersed in the text. It was a great use of a metaphor and was easy to relate to so there was actually some ethos in there too because Gaiman was making a similarity to the reader. Throughout the article instances of logos, ethos, and pathos were all used effectively but ethos arguments were the basis of the entire article. By gaining reputation and finding similarities between himself and the reader, Neil Gaiman was able to present a worthy …show more content…
Although his article Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading, and Daydreaming is the only piece I have ever read of him, it was very well written in both the building of arguments and putting the arguments into words. The most important thing that a writer must accomplish is to capture the attention of the reader. If this is not the case it doesn’t matter what the author is writing about at all. We as humans write so others will read what we write. Neil Gaiman was able to capture my attention as a reader mainly because of his credibility as a writer. This credibility was attained due to his balance of ethos, pathos, and logos arguments throughout the article. He presented facts with logos arguments, built his reputation with ethos arguments, and evoked emotion from the reader with pathos. These arguments were also presented clearly due to his focus on the six plus one traits that included organization and voice. The way that he organized the article by stating the main idea then backing them up with supporting details for each of his main ideas was easy to follow. His tone of the article was also very important in the understanding. It was easy to relate to Gaiman because of the passionate tone he used in the writing which really captured my attention. Because of this balance of passion and credibility, Neil Gaiman was able to compile a very believable claim of

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