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Rhetoric Analysis Paper

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Jackson Farley 1 Jackson Farley Professor Weber English 111 2/18/08 Rhetorically Speaking The articles “Kill ‘Em! Crush ‘Em! Eat ‘Em Raw!” by John Mcmurtry and “College Is a Waste of Time and Money” by Caroline Bird are very different. They are different both in who the main audience is and what rhetoric use is being used and how much of it. In “College Is a Waste of Time and Money,” Caroline Bird deals with a hostile audience because of the fact that going to college, for some or most people, is the right thing to do. The reason why I think she is dealing with a hostile audience is because of the fact she uses a lot of logos in her argument. She uses a lot of facts to try and persuade her audience to her views. In the beginning of her article she uses little ethos to build herself up to the audience, but it is enough to show what she is talking about. She also uses pathos to show how much she cares about college students. She uses her emotion and the emotion of the students to try and persuade them. Unlike Bird, John McMurtry’s article “Kill ‘Em! Crush ‘Em! Eat ‘Em Raw!” is aimed toward a friendly audience. In his article, he uses a lot
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Jackson Farley 2 of experiences of football which builds up his ethos and then uses pathos to explain many of experiences in vivid, emotional, detail. He also uses logos on what football players actual go through in their time of a football career. Bird has a lot to do in her article. First, she builds up her ethos so the audience knows the credibility of her as an author. She really doesn’t build up her ethos as much because throughout the article it shows how credible she is because of the source support she uses and the interviews and stats she uses. Bird starts out saying that college is not the choice of some people but from others around them. It is not a simple choice just to go to college; there has to be reason. She then goes on and says she travels the country, lecturing colleges on what she is arguing (268). She is building up her ethos there, not by much, but more throughout the article it comes up in different form. Her ethos is more of showing that she is knowledgeable on the subject and she uses more pathos and logos
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