Power of Persuasion
Knowledge is like a voyage in life, acquired by traveling through a sea of information but who is to judge what one believes; or what is right and what is wrong? In this voyage there will be influx of information and most will be persuading. Persuasion is a powerful tool, converting a non believer into believer but persuasion is not an easy task. Good examples of persuasion the following speeches “William Lyon Phelps Praises in Owning of Books”, by William Lyon Phelps a retired Yale professor and ”Professor Jacob Neusner defines the social contract between teacher and student”, by Jacob Neusner a prolific scholar. Phelps and Neusner are both great orators at persuasion and share the same objective with similar style devices such as allusion and repetition yet take different approaches. The objective of their’ arguments are to convince the listener to understand and take in what they are saying. Phelps puts forward an interesting argument that books are intimate friends, they should be owned and read; Neusner provides a compelling convocation about the relationship between student and teacher, both speakers using persuasive techniques to hook in the reader with by appealing to ethos, logos pathos and structure. Logos or logic is a great way to show statistics or information in order to convince people. Generally people require concrete information in order to believe a person. If one states Book are useless. It’s hard to believe or not believe because there isn’t enough information to prove that they are useful or not. Phelps says,’ “A good reason for marking favorite passages are that practice enables you to remember more easily the significant sayings…it’s like visiting a forest where you once blazed a trail.” You have the pleasure of going over the old ground, and recalling both the intellectual scenery and your own earlier self.”(612) From this passage he clearly states that the reason for marking books is that you remember easier. He...
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