Ethos And Pathos In The Achievement Habit By Bernard Roth

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Ethos, Logos, and Pathos If one was told they could fly without wings or on an airplane, would they believe it? Or if they were promised they could walk on water, would they still try? Probably not, correct? Knowing a person’s creditability is key before you make the decision to put faith in them or to trust them or not. In the novel “The Achievement Habit” written by Bernard Roth, while still showing emotion towards his audience, Roth makes sure to have reliable credentials and logic behind his reasoning. Roth has a passionate attitude and strong morals about what he preaches in chapter two, “Reasons are Bullshit” that is reassuring and fitting to the reader. His communication is established through personal relations and stories,…show more content…
He knows everyone in life struggles. He simply is encouraging the reader to stop finding excuses and continue improving themselves by stop handing out excuses and reasons. A wise man once wrote “You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.” -Evan Esar. Justifications in life simply set one back from becoming great; which is what Roth does a stellar job explaining it in this chapter. Roth’s appeal of pathos initially rubs the reader to be a little angrier, seeing that he believes that every reason is just an excuse. However, it’s the disciplinarian theory he is using to do two things. One, it wakes up the reader and grabs their attention and two, to make the reader think and question the excuses or reasons they have been dealing with in their personal life. Everyone needs a reason to do anything, but there’s no logic behind every reason. The reason behind going to the grocery store, is to buy food so one doesn’t starve in the middle of the week. The reason behind a person going to the hair salon is to feel better about their personal image. The reason of going to the gas station is to fuel up a car with gasoline. Roth agrees with reasons controlling everything by saying “Our society loves reasons. Perhaps the illusions that there is a single known reason for each thing we do is comforting.” (Roth 41.)
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