The Coming Hunger Wars Rhetorical Analysis

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All great pieces of writing consist of the same three rhetorical elements: Logos, Pathos and Ethos. They are strategically used to persuade the audience to believe something they hadn’t before. Michael T. Klare effectively practices these methods in his 2012 article, The Coming Hunger Wars: Heat, Drought, Rising Food Costs, and Global Unrest, to hook his reader and to coax them into viewing his topic differently. He exploits experienced sources, hard facts and fear driven emotions to inform his readers on the seriousness of food shortages in our world today. Ethos allows for the audience to trust what the author is speaking upon, however, if there is a lack of ethos, the audience will turn their attention to different reliable source. Ethos …show more content…
He cites Ernie Gross, an agricultural economist at Omaha’s Creighton University; Robert Thompson, a food expert at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Mohamed Bouazizi a young, rebellious food vendor; and even Christian Parenti, author of Tropic of Chaos, a novel based off of the troubles and hardships of global warming. Klare strategically named many men who have more in-depth experiences than him, granting him a higher authority presence. This rhetorical method is extremely effective because it attracts the audience to the text and provides a trustworthy, authoritative …show more content…
Overall, Klare is successful in influencing his many different target audiences. The audiences include families, of all economic statuses, and the politicians in the most effective governmental positions. His relatability to average, everyday citizens is extremely strategic. By reminiscing about past hunger strikes and providing a scary futuristic possibility, the author causes people of all backgrounds to become aware and alert. He also effectively reaches politicians and people of high authority as well. He scares them into believing that if these climate conditions continue, there will be riots against the government. Klare is trying to instill fear in these officials to take a stand and make a significant change for not only their country, but for their own good. I, being a part of the broad family audience, feel more at ease and knowledgeable about the eminent issues of global warming and food cost inflation. His teaching

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