Rhetorical Analysis Of. Lewis 's ' The Abolition Of Man ' Essay

1041 Words Jan 27th, 2015 5 Pages
During World War II, and the time surrounding it’s closing, many people worked to educate citizens about the dangers of fascism and propaganda. Others worked to prevent something like that from ever happening again. In a collection of lectures, C.S. Lewis one of these intellectuals, attempted to warn us of the dangers of avoiding emotion and lacking philosophical knowledge in future generations. Lewis states that it is these characteristics that allow people to be susceptible to fascist propaganda and emotionless violence, which lead to WWII and could, as Lewis describes, lead to “The Abolition of Man” as we know it. To persuade the people of the time Lewis uses Ethos, Logos, and Pathos to show his audience that these are problems that need to be addressed in order to avoid another conflict of that scale. Ethos is the first of the three rhetorical modes of persuasion. Ethos describes the author’s credibility and worth to be discussing the matter at hand as well as the morality of the author and his viewpoint. Using ethos allows the author of a persuasive text to reassure the audience of both their sound credibility as well as morality. An example of this within “The Abolition of Man” would be in the third chapter where Lewis compares himself and his ideas to that of Virgil, Spencer, and Galileo and the struggles they went through as great minds of their time. Then Lewis asserts that “Little scientists and little unscientific followers of science may think so. The great…

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