"An Inconvenient Truth" Analysis Essay

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Elley Y.
10th Grade Literature
Ms. Sladky
23 October 2012
Analysis of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth
The intelligent, charismatic Al Gore travels the world sharing his compelling and cautionary story of the threat the earth and all of its creatures face in global warming. In 2006, this story was made into a motion picture, titled An Inconvenient Truth. The rhetorical devices used in this film are the key element that Gore uses to grab the viewer’s attention and make them truly understand what this threat means and its potential effects on Earth. Gore uses ethos, logos, and pathos to make the film intriguing and captivating so that the viewer is absorbed in the film and can comprehend the information that Gore is trying to convey.

Gore uses ethos to give him credibility during his speeches, so that the audience respects him and the concepts he is trying to explain. Even the way Gore is dressed and the way he presents himself gives him integrity and authority. He is dressed in a very presidential looking suit and presents himself graciously and proudly. Gore brings up the fact that he was the democratic presidential candidate in the 2000 presidential election against George Bush. He briefly mentions in a scoffing manner the fact that he was declared the winner of the election, before the decision was taken back and Bush was confirmed as the president weeks later. The fact that he was very close to winning a presidential election adds to the reverence the audience possesses for him. Gore has also been a vice president and a member of congress for several years, giving him experience in positions of power and the authority to instruct the public on the issues of global warming and how to prevent the issues from progressing.

Pathos is a very common element in Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. Gore explains the way his son was in a near-fatal car accident and the death of his sister to lung cancer. Both of these incidents create sympathy in the viewer for Gore....
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