In the story “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”, Jonathan Edwards’ purpose was to convert and make born again the congregation of Puritan sinners. He was able to achieve this with his eye opening sermons to the congregation. In “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”, Edwards uses rhetorical devices such as diction, imagery, and tone to contribute to the effectiveness of his sermon.
Edwards paints a horrifying picture of eternal damnation for unsaved souls. His use of graphic words describing the horrors and torment awaiting sinners has a remarkable effect oh his audience. Edwards’ way of delivering his message is so successful that it scares his listeners into believing and following his proposed method of redemption. Furthermore, Edwards uses imagery to give the puritans an example of how God is holding them in his hands over the “fiery pits of hell”, he makes them feel fear toward God and reconsider their actions because now they have in mind that what they do is being judged. On the contrary after telling them this he gives them hope and tells them there is a light at the end of the tunnel which is represented by God’s mercy and forgiveness. We see how he uses imagery to build up strong images in the hearts and minds of those in the congregation. Edwards uses figures of speech to compare and contrast ideas of Gods wrath and the sinners evil experiences. His use of metaphors span over whole paragraphs such as the one about the bow and arrow of Gods wrath and how it is one pull away from him being “made drunk with [their] blood.” This metaphor shows that God could unleash his wrath at any moment but his kindness saves them. also, it makes the puritans feel scared because of their negative experiences with the Indians and how they killed people they know with bows and arrows. Later, Edwards compares sinners to spiders and serpents creatures despised by humans just as sinners...
...“Shitty First Drafts” by Anne Lamott, is a hilarious must read for junior high school students and any other aspiring writers. Her essay inspires comfort and confidence in writing a first draft. It concretes that all writers experience the “shitty” first draft. Anne Lamott wrote this instructional information in 1995, but it is timeless information. She blows the idea of writing an immaculate first draft out of the water. Anne supports the idea that bad first drafts will almost always lead to better second, third and final drafts. She symbolizes the first draft to be like a child. Where you put all your thoughts and emotions out there in words on paper, you go all over the place, you say all kinds of ridiculous things, and all with the intention of coming back as a more rational adult, (the only one to read this draft), to fix your child-like writing into a more complete and coherent written masterpiece. Beginning writers, (and any other writers), will get a better understanding on starting the writing process with a bad first draft and that it can lead to an amazing final written draft.
Anne discusses her history as a writer. How she at one time wrote the food critic column for a magazine that no longer runs, which she makes it clear how she had nothing to do with the downfall, an interesting tidbit to her story. As the writer of the restaurant review column, Anne describes the problems she faces when writing her first drafts. When meeting with her friends...
17 February 2015
So This Is Our Food?
“The Carnivore’s Dilemma”, an essay by Nicolette Hanh Niman, incorporates rhetorical elements, such as logos, ethos, and rhetorical questions, in an attempt to convince the audience that meat itself is not the root of global warming. Written from a rancher’s point of view, the essay relies on studies and logic to prove itself. Niman starts out with a short acknowledgement that the meat industry has a hand in the increasingly noticeable global climate change. She then quickly changes gears, stating that the studies that show the meat industry is a major player in global warming only take the prevailing methods of producing meat into account and spews facts that show the flip side of the food industry.
The author starts off strong with logos, which appeals to logic. In response to the comments about animals in our food production, she writes, “the studies show only that the prevailing methods of producing meat — that is, crowding animals together in factory farms, storing their waste in giant lagoons and cutting down forests to grow crops to feed them — cause substantial greenhouse gases” (Niman), meaning that small farms and farms can cut down on greenhouse gases if, “they keep their animals outdoors on pasture and make little use of machinery.” (Niman) She points out, “In contrast to traditional farms, industrial livestock and poultry...
In the speech, “9/11 Address to the Nation” former president George W. Bush delivers a
message to the American people and those around the world. Bush addresses the event to people
all around the world and the actions of what is going to happen.
In his speech, Bush builds his credibility by connecting to the audience’s shared values.
One shared value that he uses in his speech is the pronoun “our”. For example, “Our country is
strong.” He uses “our” to show that he is just like everybody else. Another way Bush uses ethos,
is when he talks about the America government, and how they are helping to rescue Americas
in the Twin Towers. “Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured.” Our
governments most concern, is getting those who are injured, immediate medical care and far
away from the devastation that might cause more harm to them. The United States of America
deals with crisis in a positive way and standing strong for our country. “America and our friends
and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world, and we stand together to
win the war against terrorism.” Bush talks about all Americans coming together and fighting for
our nation. Credibility is important, and Bush establishes the ethos appeal early in his
Bush appeals to the audiences emotions using anguished feelings. He uses...
Ms. Sarah Puett
6 December 2012
Are You Human?
In the 1992 speech by Mary Fisher titled “A Whisper of AIDS” she speaks to not only the people attending the 1992 Republican National Convention, but the world and all who can listen to her speak. She speaks of a condition known as “AIDS” (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) that springs from the origin HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and is the cause of thousands of deaths every year. She uses pathos to persuade her audience that AIDS is a concern in our nation by using the emotions fear, anxiety, and sympathy. She uses anxiety and fear interchangeably, making her argument strong; all the while, she talks to her young sons directly to spark a resilient sympathy from her audience. The speaker is HIV positive herself and uses that to make the audience sympathize with her. She is an ordinary wife and mother that appeals to those who are in denial they’re at risk. AIDS is a disease that is lurking quietly at our doorstep.
The author proclaims “AIDS is not a political creature. It does not care whether you are Democrat or Republican; it does not ask whether you are black or white, male or female, gay or straight, young or old.” By saying this she has just addressed essentially everybody; making her appeal broad. This quote makes me feel like nobody is safe, evoking anxiety into me. Anxiety is a noun describing a feeling of nervousness or agitation, often about something that is going to...
8 February 2013
What influences your opinions and decisions in life? Is it a fact base analysis of a topic, providing you with statistical evidence to back its claims, or is it an emotional based claim that tugs at your heartstrings and connects with your past? Both forms of argument are fighting for your acceptance of its arguments, but do so in conflicting ways. On one end of the spectrum, a Dodge commercial exploits your emotional connection to your country and leverages that to sway your opinion of their new car. And on the other end, a writer uses facts and data to convince you that the legalization of marijuana is the right thing to do.
The 2010 Dodge Challenger commercial is intended to use a rouse of patriotism to sell a car and a brand to an audience of viewers. The commercial begins with a young revolutionary war era British soldier running for his life back towards his other troops. When the boy alerts his troops of the impending attack by American colonial soldiers that were following him, they line up in a battle formation. With their rifles lined up, the British battalion await the Americans. When the colonial troops clear the trees and reach the battlefield, it reveals them being led into battle by George Washington driving a Dodge Challenger, rather than a horse. The British troops turn and flee as the colonial troops charge them, led by the three muscle...
...the girl’s situation; this brings attention to emotional part of the ad first instead of the organization. It was an effective way to demonstrate the importance of the ad. However the explanation for the poster, the block of text below the larger, is smaller than the website. The designer seems to be planting the website into the reader before reading this section in case the reader gets distracted or bored, while this is an understandable attempt to get the audience to explore more on the website I believe it to be weakening to the Ad. The prevention and explanation of this PSA should be printed slightly larger to draw more attention to how the reader can stop something like this from happening. Font is the second factor in typography analysis. The designer used strong, bold font for the ad use expressing the seriousness of the PSA. It’s much more effective than more plain or whimsical text, however, the text is all the same. The words seem to be almost running together. While overall the typography of the PSA is strongly effective, a bit more verity in the ad could draw more attention to it.
Color is perhaps one of the biggest strategies the designer uses to convey the message of the PSA. The color turquoise is used as the leading color in the ad. The woman’s underwear, the tile on the bathroom floor, even the color behind the website is all shades of turquoise. The color turquoise is a form of communication between words and the heart. Turquoise is...
Rhetorical Research AnalysisEssay
16 February 2014
Rhetorical Research AnalysisEssay
This paper aims to analyze the rhetorical situation presented by Lee and George while they are discussing "The Wrong of Abortion". The way the authors have rendered classical appeals to their audience, such as ethos, pathos, logos, would also be analyzed through the same rhetorical lens. In so doing, the arguments analyzed would be supported through the empirical research. This rhetoricalanalysis will be narrated in a schematic manner.
Patrick Lee and Robert P. George are the authors of "Chapter 1: The Wrong of Abortion" included in the book "Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics" edited by Cohen and Wellman. They have raised the question of morality if someone chooses or performs or helps receiving abortion (Lee & George 13). Since their arguments are based upon objective views of abortion and by ignoring the subjective wrongs of abortion, the mental element (subjectivism) of this applied ethics may render this debate bias when it comes to determining the intention of wrongdoer. This also contradicts the epistemological layouts of applied ethics in the context of subjective vs. objective justifications (Feldman 405). This is also evident from authors' argument...
...Barbie vs. the World
I’ll admit it; I absolutely loved playing with Barbie’s as a child! I must have had like twenty of them. She had everything: a dream house, Ken, plenty of friends, and a slender body with all the right curves, everything I dreamed of having when I grew up. “En Garde, Princess!” by Mary Grace Lord, challenges why every girl loves Barbie. Her article appeared in the online magazine Salon under the “Mothers Who Think” department on October 27, 2000, before the launch of a new doll line called the Get Real Girls, which were created by Julz Chavez. In this article Lord uses repetition, ethos, comparison and name calling to convince the reader that Barbie will soon encounter a fierce competitor, a better role model, which may finally dethrone her as the best selling doll of all time, or at least “punch a few holes in her sales” (423).
In the first paragraph, Lord repeatedly uses military references to show the reader that Barbie has a fight ahead of her. I think Lord uses these references to draw in the audience that she is appealing to, which are smart, aggressive, opinionated woman. She declares that Barbie has been the leader in the doll industry since 1959, and that she needs to watch out for the “newly formed SWAT team of action figures known as the Get Real Girls” (419). SWAT means Special Weapons And Tactics, so this leads the reader to believe that the Get Real Girls are well equipped to battle Barbie for her throne. Also, Lord references Barbie...