Rhetorical Analysis of Kristof

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Eng 102
Boyer-White
2/10/11
Rhetorical Analysis of Kristof
Nicholas Kristof wrote a compelling article titled “Our Gas Guzzlers, Their Lives”. In the article he is arguing that wealthier country’s greenhouse gas emissions are severely damaging life in many African countries. In fact Charles Ehrhart, a Care staff member in Kenya, states, “The negative impact of the West’s carbon emissions will overwhelm the positive effects of aid” (Kristof 580). So although we are trying to aid, it is our lifestyles that are damaging these peoples’ environment. Nicholas does a spectacular job presenting his case and giving evidence for his claims. Kristof produces an effective argument because of his stellar development of ethos, logos and pathos.

Nicholas D. Kristof is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist known for his rhetoric on human sufferings in third-world countries (Writing Arguments 579). Clearly Kristof is knowledgeable on the controversy he is discussing, which is the first step in establishing a sound ethos. His background knowledge on impoverished countries combined with his evident care for helping these countries continues to build his ethos. Kristof obviously cares a lot about helping struggling countries as he set up a foundation in which he takes one student a year on a reporting trip to help educate young people on the injustices taking place in third world countries. Nicholas does a great job developing his ethos in his essay and his prior experience in the field only adds to his credibility, which in turn makes his essay more persuasive. Aside from displaying and building a good ethos Nicholas also excelled in formulating an effective logos.

Kristof shines in his development of his logos. He uses a plethora of different sources to construct his argument from many points of views. The main point that he is trying to make is that the carbon emissions from wealthy countries in the West are seriously damaging third world countries through global...
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