Hockey Concussion : Is It Child Abuse?

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Get Hit with the Rhetorical Analysis of “Hockey Concussion: Is It Child Abuse?” And “Lives Shattered by Concussion: Former NHL Players Share Their Stories”

In the article, “Hockey concussion: Is it child abuse?” Chris Hemond of the Canadian Medical Association (2012) aims to educate his audience of officials, coaches and players, on the developing concern for concussions in minor league hockey. Compared to TSN Senior Correspondent, Rick Westhead, whose article “Lives shattered by concussions: former NHL players share their stories” is intended to captivate the attention of parents, guardians and society. Westhead writes about the effect of concussion caused brain problems on a former NHL player, Mike Peluso.
The authors capture the attention of the reader through an amalgamate of rhetorical patterns based on logos, ethos and pathos. Through reading these articles it is found that the writers predominantly use logos and pathos to put emphasis on their arguments. Specifically, logos is utilized to appeal to reason by repeatedly using data to uphold the arguments claims, while pathos appeals to the audience’s aptitude for compassion.

Following academic traditions, it is evident that the analyzed articles make use of logos. Logos is derived from the Greek word for “text” and is known as a “logical appeal.” In the article “Hockey concussion: Is it child abuse?”, Hemond creates internal consistency and clarity in his argument by using logical statistics from Hockey Canada. The…

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