A Rhetorical Analysis
In the article, “An End to the War on Weed”, Nathan Comp talks about how the legalization of marijuana has become a movement that has gained momentum in the past few decades and how, over the years, the number of people in favor of legalization has significantly increased. In this article, Comp seems to effectively use rhetoric to get his point across.
The article is divided into three sections, and Comp uses ethos, logos and pathos throughout the article in order to make his point. In the first section, Comp paraphrases something said by Victor Hugo to establish his ethos. By quoting Victor Hugo, Comp is coming across as well read and this gives him more credibility as a writer. In the same section, Comp uses statistical data to establish his logos. He states that “In 1969, just 12 percent of Americans favored legalizing marijuana, the Holy Grail of cannabis advocates; this number had tripled by 2005, according to a Gallup poll. Barely three years later, another poll showed 44 percent of Americans support legalization” (Comp 1). These kind of factual statistics support Comp’s thesis that the movement to legalize marijuana is gaining momentum.
Comp also cites numerous sources that support his ethos. In the first section of the article, Comp cites the Gallup poll and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in order to support his statistics.
In the second section of the article, Comp looks at legalization from a political angle and quotes influential people in the political system in order to make his point. For example, he quotes Hilary Clinton, saying that she “recently acknowledged that America’s “insatiable” appetite for drugs has helped fuel the cartel-related violence” (Comp 1). He also cites further statistics supported by the source he obtained his information from by saying “ the Mexican cartels reap as much as 62 percent of their profits—and derive much of their power—from American marijuana sales,...
Cited: Comp, Nathan. “An End to a War on Weed”. In These Times. April 12, 2009. Retrieved from June 7 2010.
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