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Rhetorical Analysis Of In Defense Of Harry Potter

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When people grow up a certain way, thinking in a certain way it’ll inevitably come to affect them later on in life. This is especially true in the cases of personal philosophy, religion or any moral code of ethics. But sometimes, one’s religion starts negatively impacting the education of one’s child and the education of the nation's youth as a whole. In Nancy Flanagan Knapp's article,“In Defense of Harry Potter”, she makes the argument that although the Harry Potter series has come under flak, and even been banned in places, it’s still a very useful tool in furthering the education of young people. Knapp analyzes this point using a plethora of well thought out, well researched, and exceedingly well worded rhetorical strategies, and in the end she uses ethos, logos, and pathos to effectively convey her arguments. Nancy Knapp uses logos significantly more often than the other rhetorical arguments and it’s perhaps her strongest point. She does this by frequently implementing statistics throughout the article and referencing court cases. Knapp uses the examples of a multitude of bans all over the world to help introduce us to her point and logically display that this is not an artificially fabricated problem such. One such example includes: “In 2001, 60 Seventh-Day Adventist schools in Australia had banned the books”(Knapp). This clearly indicates a connection between religion and the banning of the book, a topic of discussion that she spends a majority of the first page
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