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R. Alan Kimbrough, Ph.D
ENG 114-W1
October 3, 2008

Examining ETHOS in Essays

It is important to determine whether or not the author is credible when it comes to reading reviews or essay articles. The first thing that is noticeable about this essay was that it is more of a summary than an analytical article. There also is no information or credentials of the author listed, making me question his writing from the beginning. He fails to demonstrate common knowledge dealing with the mechanics of writing and useful information concerning the text itself. There are multiple ways to find out if the article comes from someone of adequate intelligence in dealing with the subject matter. The free essay on Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” exemplifies poor ethos by demonstrating a lack of credentials, the ignorance of the author about the audience, and the carelessness of the writer. Upon reading the free essay and analyzing it, it is surprising to see several simple spelling and grammatical errors. In line 14, the word “here” is used instead of “her”. On the last line there is a subject verb disagreement that blatantly sticks out in the sentence. These kinds of mistakes can be corrected by a simple editing read.Additionally, there is a pronoun without an antecedent in line 28 and also a simple misuse of an apostrophe. The fact that these errors remain is disturbing because it shows a lack of concern for the audience and plain carelessness. That, along with some punctuation mistakes, proves that there wasn’t an editing or revision process. On top of this is the absence of any structure and organization of the essay. The writer fails to use paragraphs to separate ideas and help the readers group the content. Even when he tries to use evidence from the text, he does a poor job citing where the quote came from. The writer fails to properly cite his sources, and does so in different ways,...
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