Rhetorical Analysis #1

THESIS STATEMENT: In the article “Why our memory fails us” Daniel J. Simmons and Christopher F. Chabris use logos to get there point across. All three rhetorical appeals are used but Logos is the main appeal because they use many facts, charts, and experiments to show us that our memory isn’t always telling the truth, and hence can drastically change over time.

Throughout this article all three rhetorical appeals are used. The main goal for this article “Why our memory fails us” is to show us that our memory isn’t always right and it tailors to the story we want to hear, and because of that the authors conclude that our recollection of memories are not reliable. Right of the bat Neil Degrasse Tyson who is an astrophysicist who is the last person you would think with have trouble recollecting his memory misquoted then President of the United States George W. Bush which made the president seem heavily prejudiced towards the Islamic faith. The authors agree that with scientific evidence backing up there claims they can all agree that memory does change over time, but the person themselves wouldn’t fact check there memory due to supreme confidence.

To start off, Logo’sSPELLING? was the most vibrantWRONG PHRASE and easy to spot rhetorical appeal in this article because these authors who wrote this article directly found scientific evidence from well-known psychologists like Andrew Desoto, and Henry L. Roediger to back up there claims through there evidence. The way the authors communicated the evidence was very easy to understand and made you fully understand  why memory deteriorates over time. Next the appeal of Ethos really stuck out to me because just by glancing at the page itself you see that it comes from a very reputable source which is the New York times, then as you glance down to the people who wrote this magnificent article you see that they are psychology professors which really make you believe what they are saying. The main goal here is to make the readers believe that whatever is said is valid because it comes from years of research and studying this specific topic. The last and probably the least used appeal is pathos. But if you look hard enough you could definitely see that these authors try to show us that even an astrophysicist such as Tyson can have biased memories which tells us that it can happen to anybody. The author even tells us how certain politicians like a Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush were also victims to faulty memory. It all builds up to an old saying that states all humans are susceptible to making mistakes and its something we can’t hide from. The main takeaway from pathos is that the mistakes that are made can be looked over if you can correct them.

The top three readers pick starts off with FIRST NAME Tyson. Tyson taps into all rhetorical appeals. Since he has a plethora amount off knowledge about the galaxies and heavens he can use logos, then he uses ethos because he was brought up in the article and lastly he fell into pathos because he acquired a lot of sympathy from the readers because the authors came down pretty hard on him calling him a liar and someone who fluffs up there story. Mr. Dow on the other hand attacks the authors assumption of President Bush being a very wise and knowledgeable person by providing direct quotes from the former president which just didn’t add up. The third comment was posted by Mr. Sommers, his comment is a pleasant blend WRONG PHRASE – YOU’RE NOT DISCUSSING COFFEE of relevancy and emotion. Mr. Sommers shows us that there are people with exceptional memories but people who do have faulty memories should not be penalized but much rather forgiven for there mistake and move on. Now when you compare them to the NYT comments you see a huge difference because the NYT comments are heavily relying reliant on logos and in turn starts new topics to talk about and branch out on, instead of dwelling on what the article was trying to show us.



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