Description The Art of Persuasion Instructions: According to Aristotle, the three elements of persuasion are ethos, pathos, and logos. For this essay, choose an essay from this unit’s readings and examine its rhetoric. Write an essay analyzing how the writer successfully (or unsuccessfully) convinces a particular audience of a particular message. you will choose a text wrote by Nicholas Carr. “Is Google making us stupid?” for this assignmentThe Norton Reader: An anthology of Nonfiction, edited by Melissa A. Goldthwaite et al., shorter 14th ed., W.W. Norton, 2017, pp.324-32 Guidelines: You will dissect the use of ethos, pathos, and logos. While you will use EPL as your tools, they shouldn’t constitute your thesis. A successful thesis for this paper wouldn’t simply state which appeals are used but would make an argument (answering how/why/so what?) about what effect the author is trying to achieve. You’ll also need to identify the primary audience, and then discuss how this text uses persuasion to appeal to its primary audience? How are all of these rhetorical elements working in conjunction to impact the audience? Is it effective, why or why not? Tips In the introduction, establish the primary audience and refer back to this audience as you argue for the text’s effectiveness. The thesis statement will argue how and why the writer you’ve chosen is trying to persuade the audience towards a specific outcome/action. Spend the body of the essay analyzing the text’s use of ethos, pathos, and logos. Do not think of ethos, pathos, and logos as paragraphs one, two, and three. EPL always work together. Rather, find 3-4 effective/ineffective passages in the text and analyze how those passages use ethos, pathos, and logos simultaneously for an effect. Finally, in the introduction and conclusion, you’ll want to comment on what this says about the audience, society, or our human nature.
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