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Thesis_Statement - Steven Paul Essay 1 October 3 2011 In...

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Steven Paul Essay 1 October 3, 2011 In the film Thank you for Smoking which features lobbyist Nick Naylor, the author uses numerous rhetorical strategies throughout the argumentative sequence to present that if one argues something correctly one will never be wrong. Through the use of these strategies it is shown that human perception is influenced by the nature in which an argument is fundamentally presented. For example, the use of ethos in which the argument depends on the character of the speaker and can influence the perception of the audience is apparent in the first scene. Where Nick is on a talk show faced with Robin Williger, a 15 year old cancer patient shows that perception can be influenced by physical appearance. At first the audience is sympathetic towards Robin, but the ethical appeal to the audience is to make them believe that Nick is trustworthy by introducing him as the vice president of the Academy on Tobacco Studies. Nick is also presented as well dressed and speaks with convincing tone when arguing his own question of why the tobacco industry would benefit over the loss of a smoker like Robin.
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