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Ty Taborn September 9, 2007 ENGL101 Section 1301 Rhetoric: A Lost Art “For, us pathos, ethos and logos are intertwined in all aspects of social practices, as both speakers/writers and audiences are embedded in, and drawn upon, certain rhetorical resources in their interactions and communications.” (Edwards et al, 18) Rhetorical speech is a lost art that is essential to being an effective leader. To the majority of the public the word rhetoric is almost synonymous with trickery. Using rhetorical speech properly is an art that is lost among many of our top leaders. Rhetoric is commonly known as the art of speech that is meant to persuade an audience. Classical Rhetoric can be traced back to Ancient Greece. Plato’s interpretations on rhetorical speech are important because he made clear the difference between rhetorical speech that was based in truth and rhetorical speech that was meant to please to audience. More importantly Aristotle, Plato’s student, wrote The Art of Rhetoric, which described rhetoric as an art and described three important factors in effective rhetoric. Mastering these three rhetoric appeals can be the key to becoming a great leader. This past summer I worked as a director at The Summer at Friends Camp in Baltimore, MD. Before I started the job I was quite nervous because I was technically too young to even hold the position. Most of my worries came from the fact that I would have to deal with people that are my peers as if I was their superior. I started to learn through out the summer that I had to prove myself to be credible to my audience to be an
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effective leader. Aristotle speaks about the credibility of leader when he describes Ethos. Ethos has to do with the credibility of the speaker. In order to establish ethos the speaker has to project credibility. For example a speaker that holds a prestigious position has an easier time establishing ethos because of the expertise the speaker has. The speech that President Bush gives on March 17, 2003 is very important because in this speech he
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