Kidder Paper - Professor Underwood RWS 100 T-Th 12-11-07...

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Professor Underwood RWS 100 T-Th 12-11-07 Ethos Pathos Logos As They Relate To Mountains Beyond Mountains In Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, we learn the story of Paul Farmer, “a man who would cure the world.” Kidder uses ethos pathos and logos to convey to his audience the damages of a corrupt government on the health if its people. The definition of ethos is when “the character of the speaker or writer as it comes through in his or her words” (Reader 50). As for pathos, it is described as, “words or passages that evoke emotions, usually because they relate to readers’ or hearers’ deeply held values or beliefs” (Reader 50). And lastly logos is, “the argument itself” (Reader 50). He does this by using different rhetorical devices in order to have his message accepted by his audience. In this book, Kidder targets a well educated audience. The message that he conveys to them is that government injustice and strife causes poverty and disease. In the book, kidder mentions about how both of he and Farmer are Harvard graduates. This use of ethos, make his and also Famer, credible sources. This tells his audience that both he and the man he is writing about are trustworthy. Kidder says, “He
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Kidder Paper - Professor Underwood RWS 100 T-Th 12-11-07...

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