Rhetorical Device Ethos In American Literature

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Rhetorical Device Ethos in American Literature Ethos is a rhetorical device authors use to establish their credibility to speak authoritatively on a topic. To strengthen their arguments, they also use logos, or logical arguments and scientific data, and pathos to create an emotional reaction in the audience. In the ERWC Juvenile Justice unit, four different authors, with four different levels of ethos, discuss whether or not juveniles who have been charged with murder should be tried as adults in the adult court system. Most argue that minors should be tried in the juvenile court system, while one demands that adolescents who massacre innocent victims spend the rest of their lives in prison. After closely reading each author’s opinion, it is clear that Paul Thompson has the most ethos in this unresolved debate while Jennifer Jenkins has the least. (132) Author Paul Thompson in the article “Startling Finds on Teenage Brains” , looks into the controversial topic on teens who have committed murder being charged as adults in the court of law and if this should be allowed despite teenagers not being fully developed. With the amount of credibility that Paul Thompson has, having his own research group at the University of California, is very worthy of having the most ethos in his article. One technique used by Thompson to show his ethos is by naming off his profession and stating he has his own research group at a University. This identifies that Paul Thompson is an expert on

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