Analysis Of Summer Reading : Thank You For Arguing

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Summer Reading: Thank You for Arguing
1. With the use of the short anecdote about the interaction between him and his son discussing about toothpaste, it sets up the rest of the book to provide examples of how he uses his arguing techniques in his daily life to get what he wants. Heinrichs states “by conceding [George’s] point, I persuaded him” (Heinrichs 1). In another example Jay Heinrichs and his daughter Dorothy Jr are discussing possible restaurants for dinner. He wants to go to an upscale Indian restaurant but his daughter prefers her usual place. She’s able to win the argument by using his guilt as her emotional goal. He states that she effectively uses rhetoric to disguise itself and she’s able to convince him to go to a lower price Indian restaurant. (Heinrichs 24). The purpose of this anecdote is to explain effective ways how people can disguise their argument and get what they want. He is persuaded to listen to his daughter and she avoids detection. In chapter 4, Jay Heinrichs recounts an attempt of persuasion to stop his son from wearing shorts in the middle of winter. He tries three tools of persuasion: Logos, Pathos, and Ethos, which all failed to stop his son from going to school with shorts on. The purpose of this anecdote is to reveal that George used the exact same tools as him but he did it instinctively and canceled his father’s attempts all out. (Heinrichs 39). This displays that Jay Heinrichs doing it on purpose does not have the same effect as George
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