Rhetorical Analysis: Growing Up Empty Essays

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Rhetoric is the art of using language to persuade an audience. Writers and speakers often use rhetoric appeals. Aristotelian Rhetoric appeals are used in arguments to support claims and counter opposing arguments. Rhetoric used four different approaches to capture its audience’s attention: pathos, logos, and ethos. Pathos bases its appeal on provoking strong emotion from an audience. Ethos builds its appeal based on good moral character of the writer or speaker and relies on good sense and good will to influence its audience. Logos persuades its audience through the use of deductive and inductive reasoning. The kiaros approach requires a combination of creating and recognizing the right time and right place for making the argument in the…show more content…
This book was written, according to the author, “for all the hungry children [she] met on [her] journey and all those [she] never met (Schwartz-Nobel). In her book, Schwartz-Nobel effectively uses logos, ethos, pathos and kiaros to convey her message of hunger and compel the audience to take action against this huge hunger epidemic that she claims is facing America today. Schwartz-Noble manages to successfully deliver this message by brilliantly using all four of these rhetorical appeals. The appeal to pathos is most probably Schwartz-Nobel’s most effective appeal. Evidence of this can be seen from the very first page of her book. Here, she begins to tell the story of traveling back to her old neighborhood, only to find it to be “a distinctly poorer one” than it was in her childhood days (1). To recreate the image for her readers, she presents them with a picture of what she compares to be likened to “a third-world country” She explains that “some of the stores had “rusted iron bars across their windows” while other businesses had been closed down and nailed up. She tells of several houses in the area having “boarded-up windows” and “graffiti, broken glass, and trash” strewn about, even though it appeared people were still living there. By painting a picture for her audience the author is able to virtually take them to the very road she once
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