Liberal Arts Misperception : Liberal Art Essay

739 Words Oct 25th, 2015 3 Pages
Liberal Arts Misperception The liberal arts are those subjects or skills that in classical antiquity were considered essential for a free person (Latin:liberal, "worthy of a free person") to know in order to take an active part in civic life, something that (for Ancient Greece) included participating in public debate. These two articles are talking about the misperception that people see about Liberal Arts. Most people hear liberal arts and think, I will not get a good job with this degree, or nobody will hire me. People do not think they will make good money or there is no good money coming from a Degree of Liberal arts. Wallace and Ungar explained to us that you can get a lot out of a Liberal arts degree because that’s what most people are looking for these days. There is a lot of good that can come from that degree even though it is costly. Both Wallace and Unger use pathos and ethos to support their arguments. However Ungars approach is more emotional while Wallace has very different word choices. David Foster Wallace was asked to give a Commencement speech to the graduating class of Kenyon University in 2015. When detailing the value of a Liberal Arts education to his audience, Wallace uses pathos and explicit langue’s to extract emotion and attention: “this is what the real no bullshit value of your Liberal arts education is supposed to be about” (203). He is very blunt in talking about the Liberal Arts degree. He is basically saying critical thinking is the way to…

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