4 January 2014
Solimini’s Use of Logos, Pathos, and Ethos
When we read a particular piece of literature the author has a main point that she wishes to be heard and understood. In order to do this effectively, many writers use Aristotle’s Rhetorical Triangle. The interplay of presenting facts, soliciting emotional responses, and creating a tone of credibility is important in order to persuade the reader of the writer’s point of view. The use of logos cites facts, statistic, and evidence to substantiate the claims made and to validate the argument. Pathos is used to bring emotion to the work so the reader can connect on a psychological level. This is accomplished using certain words, quotes, interviews, or images. Words can elicit feelings of sympathy, pity, anger, or can motivate entire crowds of people to action. Last, but certainly as important as the two preceding concepts, is ethos. This allows the author to set a persuasive tone in the work that makes the piece a believable and trustworthy source of information. It allows the author to write with conviction, from experience, or from a place of passion that allows the reader to understand that the writer is truly vested in the topic. Aristotle used the terms logos, pathos, and ethos, placing them in a triangular format, to emphasize the importance of their interrelationship when writing a persuasively. For example, in Solimini’s article “Healing the Family After the Loss of a Child”, these three concepts are utilized. She states three methods of healing, “…focus[ing] on caring for their surviving children”, “…celebrat[ing] their child’s life through charitable foundations”, and “…rally[ing] around a political cause that works to avoid the loss” can be beneficial to families in the healing process (12). We can agree that the death of a child is tragic. To draw us in emotionally, Solimini makes the claim that “there is no word or phrase in the English language...
Cited: Solimini, Jessica. “Healing the Family After the Loss of a Child.” Healing in a Violent Land.
Burlington, MA: lulu.com, 2013: 9-19. Print
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