Rhetorical Analysis


Memory is one of the most precious things a human can have, it’s what allows us to gather our thoughts, think of the past and allows us to function day by day.UNNECESSARY In the argument presented by authors Chabris and SimonsUSE FULL NAMES ON FIRST REFERENCE, we see that both men argue off of the belief that too much belief in one’s memory can often lead people to committing errors and mistakes. Chabris and Simons build a strong case in their argument and it’s done by the use of Logos. Logos is the rhetorical appeal that the author uses to force the reader into logically seeing things from his point of view. The authors use an informal tone throughout the essay. It all even starts with the title “Why our memory fails us”, which grabs the reader’s attention and shows that the readers about to get the answer to the question at hand.YOU DON’T NEED THIS INFORMATION.

The authors exhibit that appeal in many forms throughout the essay,USE SHORTER SENTENCES. it starts with the example of a public figure in Dr.Tyson, a renowned scientist,AGAIN, USE SHORTER SENTENCES. YOU’RE USING TOO MANY COMMA SPLIACES the authors use a celebrity and scientist which is supposed to persuade the readers that even an intelligent public figures can fall victim to their memories and run into trouble. With the error cause by Dr.Tyson in his memory of George Bush’s quotes during 9/11 and the Columbia Space Shuttle crash, the authors use both men to highlight the idea a failed memory will lead to people attempting to convince themselves or even fabricate stories just so they don’t look wrong. The authors use logic throughout the essay and stay firm with their assessment. They put the content out to basically challenge the readers to agree or disagree, and it is shown in the comments sections. Other examples are drawn to build the idea of Logos.

The example of Oprah Winfrey’s book “What I know For Sure” continues to add to the rhetoric that memory is best served when one is confident in the memory itself and once again a celebrity is being used. The authors use a compelling and objective tone through the essay and never backs away from the purpose of their article. The use of their logos brings out opinions from commenters which in return challenges the commenters to use logic of their own to agree or disagree with the author’s claims. While their tone is consistent, the authors shell different examples in between their rhetoric to add more strength to their argument. The example of the use of the film Roshoshon or the study developed by Henry L. Roediger III and K. Andrew DeSoto.

The comments presented by the readers both in the New York Times sections and the readers section continues with the debate of the effect of why our memory really does fail us. The difference in the opinions of the reader’s picks vs the NYT picks was the fact that the reader pick section seems to be more scathing with readers attacking the authors on their point of view and making sarcastic remarks and comments about the authors use of George Bush and his memory while the NYT top comments are more logical and concrete as the comments keep a more proficient debate continuing. I like the idea of the NYT choosing their top comments from the rest,COMMA SPLICE I feel that it’s a good way of keeping healthy topic at hand going with a variety of opinions. Opinions that are brought upon with either logos, pathos, or ethos and not without reason.


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