Afghanistan By Choice Rhetorical Analysis

What would a person do if his or her child asks, “Will you make it back home tonight?” The easy answer would be to leave his or her country, but that decision is not simple. Afghans center their life on their culture, family, and friends so it is not easy for them to leave their homeland. In the New York Times Op-Docs series “Afghanistan by Choice,” the film director, Alexandria Bombach, appeals to pathos through the juxtaposition of settings and individuals. Her emphasis on pathos conveys the difficulty of leaving one’s country, thus abandoning his or her lifestyle; furthermore, the film director hopes to show the audience why leaving is such a hard decision for Afghans to make.
The audience can see how Alexandria Bombach appeals to pathos by juxtaposing different settings in Afghanistan to manipulate the audience’s emotions. The film director captures contrasting shots that evoke different emotions from the audience. They get a glimpse of the scenery in Afghanistan. For example, at the beginning of the documentary, Alexandria captures a woman walking up a hill that is completely destroyed by the war. She also captures a shot of a little baby that is clearly stricken by poverty. This is how outsiders perceive Afghanistan, ravage and defenseless.
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They have been through everything, but yet they still stay.” Pondering on what this Afghan lady says, why do people still stay in Afghanistan despite the war and poverty that has hit their country? Those outside of Afghanistan would not understand why the people of this country endure so much because outsiders do not share the same connection as the natives do. For those living in Afghanistan, their roots are embedded in their country. Their culture is sacred and symbolic of the traditions they hold dear to their

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