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Sara Beg Ms. Rhonda Nelson Composition II, Section 29 09/07/10 Chapter 2: Pathos
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Humans are emotional. While logic may convince one to believe in an idea, an emotional appeal may spur one to action. Hence, the writer must always have the audience in mind: how will the audience feel about this argument? The writer must appeal to the audience, not repel. Both images on page 42 repel this writer. The Rolling Stone cover of Obama means to represent hope: the aura around Obama makes him appear heaven-sent while his posture is firm, signifying his inner strength and therefore, his ability to lead the nation well. He looks to the right, facing the future. Last, but not least, the president’s foreign-sounding name is tiny, while “A New Hope” is huge. By minimizing the name while maximizing the headline, the image is meant to minimize fear and maximize hope. I remain skeptical, however. Obama’s stance appears stiff and wooden, implying tension or nervousness. The look on his face while “facing the future” does not appear hopeful, but fearful of a bleak future. Even the size of Obama’s
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