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Comst HW1 answers - 2 I think that ethos is most important...

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Orin McMillen ComSt 101 28 January 2009 Short Answer Assignment 1 1. While listening to John F. Kennedy speak, I can clearly see that he uses Aristotle’s models of ethos, pathos, and logos. For example, in a political ad he did in 1960, he talks about medical care and his plans on the topic. By introducing himself as a current Senator and a candidate for the Presidency of the United States I believe that he’s trying to gain creditability with the audience, which is an example of ethos. Next he uses pathos when he brings up the topic of medical care, which was an issue on a lot of people’s minds during that time. Finally he shows the use of logos when he describes that he would pass a bill that would take out money while people were still fit to work so they would have money to cover medical expenses when they retire. He also points out that it wouldn’t be charity, it would be the money that was taken out, so people could still have their pride.
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Unformatted text preview: 2. I think that ethos is most important. A good speaker has creditability, but to get their message to as many people as possible, the speaker must be connectable to some extent. When people feel like they can connect with the speaker, they tend to find the positive things in the speech that would reinforce their view of the speaker/topic. 3. When I was a kid, I was the only boy in a family of three girls and my mom, so I had to be persuasive if I wanted something. I am persistent and I don’t give up easily. I try to connect with people so they will actually listen to what I am trying to say, and then I use logic to show them my side. I like to be the voice of reason, so situations don’t get out of hand. 4. I think my persuasiveness comes from ethos and pathos, but the better part of it comes from logos. I tend to find the logic in most everything I do....
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