The Rhetorical Triangle

When communicating with any kind of audience, one will use the rhetorical triangle to relay a message. In the “Comment of King” by Virginia Heffernan, the rhetorical triangle is seen though out the article. [Analyze rather than summarize. How do the authors use the rhetorical triangle to convince the reader and how do they support their arguments?] The article is about an American journalist, Anna Applebaum, which has a weekly column that can be read on the Washington Post and The Slate. This journalist lives in Poland. Anna writes her views on different events that are going on. In both of Applebaum’s journals there is a comment section where readers have the ability to comment on the written topic or add any information that may have not appeared in the post. Many times writers/journalist should not go into the comment section of their post because of the discreditable post that is left. In the article the writer goes into details and gives some examples to how the comment section of some of Anna Applebaum post may read. In the beginning of the article, the author tells about some of the recognition that journalist Anna Applebaum has been given thought her time posting. [Separate topic sentences with paragraphs.] Ethos is when the author giving examples of the different recognition that Anna Applebaum has received. The pathos is when the different comments of the readers are being explained. There is a lot of emotion that is shown thought the examples of the comments that were left on the post. For example, when Anna was referred to as a liar or a fool, also sweetie and dear are all a result to the emotion that the reads felt while they read one of the weekly columns. This article is in narrative form since it tells a story of an example of how a journalist can be discarded by the reads by their comments on the post. The three points of the rhetorical triangle are shown in this article.

In the “Why Our Memory Fails Us” article is more of an informative piece. The three point of the rhetorical triangle is shown in this article as well. The ethos is shown with the speeches with the failed memory quotes and the correction to the speeches that Tyson, Bush and Clinton said. It is show that our memory can also fail us sometimes and kind of play tricks on what we remember. [Separate topic sentences with paragraphs.] Ethos is also demonstrated in the different way and reasons why our mind fail up when recalling an event [Ethos comes from the authors’ academic credentials and the people they are writing about.]. Pathos is displayed in a couple of places [Pathos first comes from the authors’ final comments that people are fallible and we should not be judgmental because we can forget, too.]. For example, in the reader’s pick tab of the comment section. Emotion can be shown thought they way the readers responded to each other’s comments. The fact that one of the readers comments ask questions, like “do you remember…” that shows that a person is looking and has asked themselves that question also. Logos is the explanation of how our mind works and how it can’t recall and remember everything that happens in out life [Which commenter explains how the mind works?]. In these two articles, the different points of the rhetorical triangle are show and can be pointed out.


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