The Element Ken Robinson Analysis

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Understanding the real nature of creativity and having a clear understanding of how it relates to intelligence, will help someone find their element. Throughout “The Element,” the author, Dr. Ken Robinson addresses a variety of different arguments that relate to finding one’s passion. A significant portion of the arguments that Robinson discusses throughout the first half of his book, is that intelligence is a form of creativity. This analysis is an examination of Robinson’s persuasive usage of ethos, logos, and pathos, as well as how he connects the readers to his claim.
Robinson concluded that someone’s creativity is dependent on their intelligence and it is not possible to be creative without intelligence. Robinson concluded that someone’s
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Out of all of the rhetorical appeals that were analyzed, ethos had the most fallacies. Robinson addressed a few people known by the community to be highly intelligent, such as Carl Brigham, Alfred Binet, and Myers-Briggers. Carl Bridgham, the inventor of the SAT, is considered a highly intelligent man among the community. What most people do not know is; “he conceived the test for the military and, to his credit, disowned it five years later, rejecting eugenics at the same time” (Robinson, 2009, pg. 41). This statement itself shows that the inventor disassociates himself from his work because he himself does not agree with the overall purpose of his test. While discussing Brigham’s journey to finding his development, Robinson identifies a fallacy that causes the people to consider the SAT to identify intelligence. Toward the origin of the SAT, Ivy League schools started using it to measure “intelligence” among applicants. Which in itself, led society to appeal to authority and “piggyback” onto the idea of it being an essential test for high school students to complete for college. Being able to identify misuse of credibility helped Robinson to prove his argument and further enhance his credibility. While Robison talked about the different standardized and personality tests, which are highly know in …show more content…
Robinson did a great job having the reading connected to at least one example within his argument. For example, in chapter six, Chuck Close struggled with a learning disorder, physical maladies, and unexpected tragedies with his family caused him to be considered lazy. Later on, Close, a well-known artist, fell ill to the point where he was unable to hold a paintbrush anymore (Robinson, 2009, pg. 132-136). Although he did not directly state the difference between intelligence and creativity, he did a great job of discussing the educational and physical hardships he faced before he was able to “supplement his school work with elaborate art projects” (Robinson, 2009, pg. 133). Reading the entire journey of Chuck Close was a great use of the appeal to pathos, because the reader grew attached and emotional for the struggles he had to overcome. Ken Robinson does a phenomenal job of appealing to pathos. Throughout Ken Robinson’s book, The Element, he uses inductive reasoning as well as rhetorical appeals to support his argument that intelligence is creativity. Overall, his use of rhetorical appeals was great, he was able to identify false authority among others to strength his own credibility. Although the structure was lacking, that is all dependent on personal distinction. Robinson’s argument was persuasive,

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