Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Rhetorical Argument-Is It Always Worth It?


UBC Writer's Toolbox asks, "HOW DO WE GET OTHERS TO ACCEPT OUR POINT OF VIEW?"
  1. by appealing to their reason (logos)
  2. by appealing to their emotions (pathos)
  3. by the appeal of our good character (ethos)
Remember that an argument is an appeal to a person's sense of reason; it is not a violent fight, dispute, or disagreement. It is a measured, logical way of trying to persuade others to agree with you. One critical thing to remember that there are at least two sides to every issue. If you take the attitude that there is only one side--your side--you will quite likely alienate your reader.

Write about an recent Rhetorical Argument you had with someone when you tried to persuade someone on an issue or topic that was important to you. Was it worth it?

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