top-rated free essay

Thinking Critically ITW 1 7 RVS ERWC S1 Phillips 14 15

By Madison-Mitchell Apr 16, 2015 571 Words
Thinking Critically
Rhetorical appeals are accepted ways in which we persuade or argue a case. The following questions will move you through more traditional rhetorical appeals. By focusing on the appeal to logic, to the writer, and to emotion, you will find yourself understanding further how Krakauer has persuaded us and how you can use these same techniques to persuade others when you write or speak.

Write answers to these questions in your notebook.
Questions about Logic (Logos)
1. At the end of Chapter 2, Krakauer says of McCandless,
Driving west out of Atlanta, he intended to invent an utterly new life for himself, one in which he would be free to wallow in unfiltered experience. TO symbolize the complete severance from his previous life, he even adopted a new name. No longer would he answer to Chris McCandless; he was now Alexander Supertramp, master of his own destiny. (23)

These are some pretty strong assertions about what McCandless was trying to do. Do you believe them at this point? Has Krakauer supported these conclusion about McCandless? What is some of the evidence he presents? 2. In Chapter 6, Krakauer writes,

On March 14, Franz left McCandless on the shoulder of Interstate 70 outside of Grand Junction and returned to southern California. McCandless was thrilled to be on his way north, and he was relieved as well - relieved that he had again evaded the impending threat of human intimacy, of friendship, and all the messy emotional baggage that comes with it. He had fled the claustrophobic confines of his family. He’s successfully kept Jan Burres and Wayne Westerberg at arm’s length, flitting out of their lives before anything was expected of him. And now he’d slipped painlessly out of Ron Franz’s life as well. Does Krakauer actually know what McCandless was feeling at that point? How can he tell? What evidence does he have? Do you think he is right?

3. In Chapter 6, McCandless write to Ron Franz, telling him, You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living. My point is that you do need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life. It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances. (57 - 58). Does McCandless offer any evidence for these assertions about life? Are his life and his journey arguments for or against this position? Is Ron Franz convinced? Are you?

Questions about the Writer (Ethos)

Does Krakauer have an acceptable background to speak with authority on this subject/ Why or why not? Is this author knowledgeable? Smart? Successful?
What does this author’s style and language tell you about him? Do you trust this author? Why or why not?

Questions about Emotions (Pathos)
8. Does this section of the book affect you emotionally? Which parts? 9. Do you think the author is trying to manipulate your emotions? If so, how? 10. Do your emotions conflict with your logical interpretation of the arguments? Write answers to these questions in your notebook.

Cite This Document

Related Documents


    ...Charmaine Farrah Estacio Geography 1 Dr. Thomas Orf 11th November 2014 ASSIGNMENT: CHAPTER 15 PRELIMINARIES TO EROSION: WEATHERING AND MASS WASTING KEY TERMS AND CONCEPTS: 1. What is meant by denudation? The total effect of all actions (weathering, mass wasting, and erosion) that lower the surface of the continents. 2. Distinguish among we...

    Read More
  • Critically thinking

    ...“What dose it mean to do critical thinking” Throughout life, people are constantly faced by situations, which necessitate them to make crucial decisions. It is important for individuals to utilise critical thinking, as it assists them to make better decisions based on evaluation and proper reasoning. According to Richard Paul and Linda...

    Read More
  • Reconstruction Lesson 1 13 14 15 rights. They cannot refuse certain legal rights to people. The 15th Amendment gave all men the right to vote, no matter what their skin color was or if they had been enslaved. Essential Question: “Why would the United States need to add the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution after the Civil War?” Vocabulary: Civil War,...

    Read More
  • Thinking Critically with Psychological Science (Chapter 1 )

    ...THINKING CRITICALLY WITH PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE Chapter 1 SQ3R (Survey, Questions, Read, Retrieve, Review) QUESTIONS: THE NEED FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE 1-1: How do hindsight bias, overconfidence, and the tendency to perceive order in random events illustrate why science-based answers are more valid than those based on intuition and co...

    Read More

    ...CHAPTER 1 Psychology: The science of behavior and mental processes. Behavior: Anything an organism does. (action we can observe and record.) Mental Processes: Subjective experiences. ex: beliefs, dreams, thoughts, and feelings. Trends in Psychological Science: Behaviorism: John B. Watson: Behaviorists study and experiment ...

    Read More
  • Medical Transcription Chapter 14 Transcription 7 electromyogram (EMG), but they were working her up for a lumbar stenosis. She had an operation to release a tethered cord and also a fusion at L5-S1. They were hoping that she would walk better, especially with those, but she has not really improved any. She also had a somatosensory evoked potential, which showed abnormal bilateral tibials, s...

    Read More
  • rv

    ...were autistic said that they were able to improve cognitive function due to rapid intervention. Other forms of Autism begin at a later date which is seen in Rett syndrome. This syndrome is almost entirely female based and initial development is normal with autistic onset occurring between 6 and 18 months of age. At this point developmental stagn...

    Read More
  • Thinking Critically About the Media

    ...“THINKING CRITICALLY ABOUT THE MEDIA (Exercise 14.7)” Paper output in ENG 314A Submitted To: Mrs. Nancy Cocamas Submitted By: Miss. Dionnefil D. Dadole MAED 1st year April 30, 2012 Summer 2012 ➢ Get a copy of a local daily paper, a national paper and a national newsmagazine and bring each to class. Rather ...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.