Essay about What Scientist Pray for

647 Words Aug 26th, 2013 3 Pages
On January 24, 1936 a response letter was written to a little girl named Phyllis written a letter asking "Do scientist pray, and if so, what they pray for." At the end of the paper, it seems that Einstein himself never answers Phyllis’s question definitely, never really leaning either way, but by using rhetorical writing he doesn’t really have to. By giving rational exchange of viewpoints, he gives the reader the choice to answer her on question. Albert Einstein is rhetorically effective to help Phyllis to her answer by using context and purpose; subject, speaker, and audience, and appeals to logos, ethos, and pathos, Albert Einstein understood that rhetoric is always situational: it has context and purpose. The context of his letter …show more content…
By sticking to the subject "What scientists pray for", realizes that being the speaker, he cannot truly or firmly vouch for all scientists and find an indirect answer for them, which he uses throughout. Audience and speaker play hand in hand because they have to be on the same page. Einstein being one of the greatest scientists of the 20 century has to be simplistic as he can in his context, so Phyllis can understand. Audience must being able to put together what they already know about the subject, understand what the speakers knows about the subject, to make a valid decision. The Aristotelian triangle is critical in Albert's rhetoric letter because it helps shows his focus in the letter. That is lettering Phyllis decide the answer to his own question. After using the Aristotelian triangle, Einstein was able to now appeal to logos, ethos, and pathos. Clear rationality on Einstein’s part shows use of logos. For example, Einstein writes, “All the same this faith has been largely justified so by the success of scientific research,” suggesting that there is a link that can be explained or that they’re simply the same thing. That meaning that both faiths of a devoted scientist and a research scientist can be both wronged or be superior in this context. In his use of ethos, Einstein puts at the end, “I hope this answers your question,” showing that he cares about the question, showing he perhaps, is trying to appeal to Phyllis’s

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