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Advertisement Success and the Use of Ethos, Logos, and Pathos
The main purpose of commercials and advertisements is to persuade the viewer to purchase the product that is advertised, but not all commercials are successful in this endeavor. Companies, such as Budweiser and Kleenex, appeal to the viewers’ ethos, logos, and pathos in order to influence them to buy the advertised product(s). In order to appeal to each of the categories, companies use different tactics to catch viewers’ attention. The use of ethos, logos, and pathos can make or break an advertisement based on how it is being used.
Budweiser first released its “Lost Dog” commercial during Super Bowl XLIX (49). The advertisement centers itself around a small dog who, out of curiosity, enters a truck trailer without the knowledge of his owner. The dog then attempts to find its way back home but encounters an obstacle that it cannot overcome- a hungry wolf. When all hope seems lost, the dog’s best friends, the Budweiser trademarked Clydesdale horses, come to save him. The dog and horses all make it back home to their owner at the end of the advertisement.
The commercial appeals to the audience’s pathos more than anything. Animals, especially dogs, have a way of pulling with human heartstrings. “...they can be used to transfer desired meanings to the products with which they are associated” (Phillips 1). In other words, using animals in advertisements can link advertised products to the feelings that are associated

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