Rhetorical Appeals, Ethos, Pathos, And Logos Essay

1442 Words Mar 21st, 2016 null Page
Often, when one party is trying to persuade another party, they will use rhetorical appeals to try and persuade the second party to agree with the point that they are trying to make. Whether their argument is accepted or rejected by the other party can often be affected by how well the first party uses the three types of rhetorical appeals, ethos, pathos, and logos. These three types of appeals can help a speaker achieve their goals of having the audience listen to them and side with their cause. There have been a number of times when each of these rhetorical appeals have personally impacted my own life, and these scenarios have all helped me to better understand just how effective these appeals can be in an argument.
If you are like most people, you are more likely to believe someone if they are knowledgeable in a subject. This is why you are more likely to ask for help on your math homework from a tutor or your professor than you are to ask the cashier at your local gas station. Ethos, the type of appeal that could be applied in this situation, refers to the “credibility” of a speaker. Credibility is important as more people are likely to listen to what you have to say if they trust that you are knowledgeable in a subject. One example that I have personally noticed for ethos is when I go to church. When I listen to the pastor give his sermon, I usually believe what he says. For example, last week his goal was to have the congregation “get off the fence” and put their…

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