Pathos Persuasive Essay

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Throughout their presidential campaign, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump used Aristotle’s Logos, Ethos, and Pathos to appeal to the audience. This method aided their campaign by increasing the possibility of people voting for them. It was more evident that these candidates for the presidency were using Aristotle’s Logos, Ethos, and Pathos in the very first presidential debate. Watching the debate, it could be clearly seen that each candidate used logical, ethical and emotional appeals were being used.
Answering the question on unfair treatment of African Americans, Hilary stated “too many young African Americans and Latino men ended up in jail for nonviolent offenses and its just a fad that if you’re a young African American and do the same thing as a young white man, you’re more likely to be arrested, charged, convicted, and incarcerated.” Expressing this type of injustice, Hilary is using Aristotle’s Pathos mode of persuasion, reminding the audience of how African Americans are treated makes people emotional and convinces people that action needs to be taken. Asked about police being bias towards black people Hilary Clinton said “I’ve met with a group of very distinguished, experienced police chiefs a few week ago.” By
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Trump even goes on to call his company “unbelievable” and continues to say his company is “some of the greatest assets anywhere in the world.” By mentioning the successful companies that he created, it makes him appear more credible. Trump describes cities where some African Americans live as “hell” because it’s dangerous. Trump asserts, “you walk down the street you get shot. In Chicago they’ve have thousands of shootings since January first.” By bringing these facts to the attention of the audience Trump is using Aristotle’s Pathos. He makes people emotional by bringing up the horrid living conditions of African Americans and the violence that they have to go
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