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Peer pressure is when someone gets encouraged to follow their peers by changing their attitude, values, or behavior to fit in with those of the influencing group or individual. Hughes and Orwell engage in the art of persuasion on the topic of peer pressure and how it can cause you to do things you may not believe in, and I find myself persuaded by their appeals because I share many of their audiences' characteristics. The main point in Salvation is to describe Hughes's experience of being saved which resulted in him being disappointed in himself and in Jesus. In addition, he lied to the church and felt guilty because of it. Being "saved" caused Hughes to lose faith in God which shows how pressure on a child who does not know what is going…show more content…
In addition, it shows that he was looking forward to being saved because repeats everything his aunt told him in just three sentences. After Hughes's experience, these feelings changed. For instance, he says, "that night for the first time in my life but one – for I was a big boy twelve years old – I cried, in bed alone, and couldn't stop" (par. 15). This demonstrates that he felt guilty and sad about lying to his aunt and the congregation about being saved, and he wondered why Jesus came to everyone else but him (and of course Westley, the other boy who was waiting with him). Because of this, Hughes lost faith in Jesus Christ. These quotes are persuasive for the audience because they engage the readers and convinces them in an emotional way being that Hughes was only twelve years old going through something like that at such a young age.
On the other hand, Hughes uses ethos by expressing a younger version of himself and telling his story from that perspective. In other words, he uses ethos throughout his story. For example, he says, "I was saved from sin going on thirteen. But not really saved" (par. 1). This is the opening sentence of Hughes's story. He is recalling a time when he was twelve "going on thirteen" and attended a big revival at his aunt's church (par. 1). Another example is when he said, "I was really crying because I couldn't bear to
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