The use of critical thinking is imperative when trying to persuade others. One must effectively use the three types of appeals in order to be successful. I have noticed how Danielle Crittenden and Judy Brady have used the three appeals in their essays “About Love” and “I Want a Wife.” Crittenden and Brady’s use of tone greatly effects how the audience perceives their writing.
In “About Love” Crittenden’s first half of the first paragraph has a completely different tone than the rest of the passage. The first half of the first paragraph is written in an almost satirical tone. She uses the appeal to emotions when she says, “How children would fit into this vision of autonomy, I’m not sure, but surely they would infringe upon it; perhaps she could simply farm them out.” This instantly connects with the audience emotionally. Children have always been used to connect emotionally with an audience. The first paragraph allows the audience to see what Crittenden’s beliefs are. She uses the appeal “Ethos” when she shares her values about life. I quote her saying, “We want the warm body next to us on the sofa in the evenings; we want the noise and embrace of a family around us; we want, at the end of our lives, to look back and see that we hat we have done amounts to more than a pile of pay stubs, that we have loved and been loved, and brought into this world life that will outlast us.” This section from her passage clearly lets the audience know what the author believes in. The message she is trying to convey to the audience is revealed. Later in the passage the appeal to logic is used when Crittenden tries to convince the audience by saying, “Too often, autonomy is merely the excuse of someone who is so fearful, so weak, that he or she can’t bear to take on any of the responsibilities that used to be shoulder by much younger but more robust and mature souls.” This makes the audience question their beliefs. Crittenden elaborately laces her argument...
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