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ETHOS 2 By emphasizing the struggles and obstacles that he overcame, Alexie constructs an “underdog” ethos that readers can identify with. An underdog is a person or group of people with less power, money, etc. than the rest of society where usually they are expected to lose in their pursuit like in school or in a competition as they are regarded as the weakest. Merriam Webster is “a loser or predicted loser.” Because Alexie was an Indian he states, “he was expected to be stupid” and was expected to lose. Just like in superhero movies Alexie was predicted to loose, and that’s why the audience can identify him with the underdog ethos. The author application of the rhetorical strategies in most cases appeals to the audience in more than one way. The author use of ethos or the ethical appeal is evident from the illustration of what the reading did to his life. Hence, it is from this that he institutes his character and authority as someone the audiences can have confidence in and he even claims that the book has made a big difference in his life to the extent of becoming a prominent author. The author fulfills the aspect of “ethos” or the ethical appeal through convincing the readers or the audiences of her effectiveness by applying grammar, language and typically introducing herself. The author speaks to first persons even though in some cases he speaks his younger self in the third person. Sherman presents his hardships and experiences that are
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