In the book, Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, there are many rhetorical devices listed and used to support the authors beliefs. Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner; the authors of Freakonomics often use Ethos and Logos to back up their arguments and beliefs. In Freakonomics there are three main rhetorical devices used; Allusions, Diction and Metaphors.
Allusion is the passing or casual reference; an incidental mention of something, either directly or by implication. The authors often use words or the message of incentives to allude readers to some very heavily opinionated topics. The chapters of the book are often allusions like; “How is the Ku Klux Klan like a group of real estate agents”? The chapter itself talks about the logistics of “Information Asymmetry” which is when someone uses their information and knowledge to their own use and to gain power. Stetson Kennedy, who was raised in a family of Klansman, and his “hatred of small- mindedness, ignorance, obstructionism, and intimidation” drove him to create a memoir and exploit the Klan by using his own knowledge of the Klan and by pretending to be a Klan member. Stetson pretended to be part of the Klan and learn the language and ways of the Klan just to break them up. When Klan members were lynching and Stetson realized that just one or two lynching’s often made people fear the Klan. Kennedy of wrote “a sorry fraternity of men, most of
Freakonomics Assignment August 2015
Argument: What Do Schoolteachers and Sumo Wrestlers Have in Common?
Based on Paul Feldman’s findings, the authors of Freakonomics argue that a person, who is faced with an efficient way to cheat