Use of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos in Rhetoric Essay

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In the time of ancient Greece, there were a category of teachers called the sophists who believed that wisdom and Rhetoric could and should be used for profit and personal gain. Aristotle, a well-known teacher, disagreed with this completely and believed that while Rhetoric is persuasive, it should be used morally and with good intentions. He stressed the idea of using moral standards along with emotion, logic and truth to persuade any audience. Almost 1000 years later, Augustine took this step even further with the use of rhetoric within religion practice. He emphasized the idea that rhetoric is a means by which to promote good will and spread truth. Today, modern rhetorician Dubinsky would take this step even further, by stating that …show more content…
His numerous speeches and works moved people with his persuasive words and one could even say he was a master of influence. What made him different from the teachers of his time was that Aristotle advocated in his works that Rhetoric “is useful; and further, that its function is not so much to persuade, as to find out in each case the existing means of persuasion”. (Aristotle. Rh. 1.1) Essentially, like both Augustine and Dubinsky, Aristotle believed that Rhetoric was an art that was persuasive for its words, but for its use of ethics to connect to the audience. Anybody can confuse or threaten the audience, but it takes a true Rhetorician to connect with audience and entice them into accepting ones ideals. For example, Aristotle stated that there are three rhetorical proofs that one must balance within any form of writing or speech: Ethos, (credibility of the author) Pathos (appeal to emotion), and Logos (appeal with logic). While Rhetoricians, including Augustine and Dubinsky, have refined these proofs, we constantly see them to the point where they have become the standard. He made it common sense to put the audience before the speech itself.
Augustine, on the other hand, lived from 354 AD to 430 AD and not only taught Rhetoric, but became one of the most important historical figures in the foundation of

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