Rhetorical Analysis Of Aristotle 's Rhetorical Triangle

1311 WordsFeb 14, 20166 Pages
When one argues a point, it is not to convince himself or herself, but to convince others. Luckily, success is easily achieved if the right approach is taken. To break things down, Aristotle’s Rhetorical Triangle helps guide the approach of an argument, based on the argument’s target audience. Aristotle believed knowing the target audience was the most important part to winning an argument. The Rhetorical Triangle outlines three different types of persuasive appeals: Logos, the logical appeal, uses facts and reasoning as support for an argument; Ethos, the ethical appeal, uses professional credibility and trustworthiness of the author to win an argument; and Pathos, the emotional appeal, uses emotional response from the audience to win them over. When used for the correct audience, it’s very clear that the persuasive appeals Logos, Ethos and Pathos, consistently help win arguments. For instance, logic and undeniable facts are extremely valuable to a vast number of people. When one wants to use the power of Logos to persuade the audience, the argument needs strong supporting evidence, and to appeal to the audience’s sense of reasoning. A strong example of the use of Logos can be viewed in a scene from the movie Twelve Angry Men, directed by Sidney Lumet. Twelve Angry Men is about twelve jurors, and their decision about the first-degree murder trial of a young man who is accused of stabbing his father to death. A guilty sentence would mean an automatic death penalty for the
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