Rhetorical Analysis - Matt Deis Ms. Williams English 110,...

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Matt Deis Ms. Williams English 110, Section 105 September 21, 2010 The Odd Ones Out Since the time that the first structured government aimed at ruling a collective group of people was established there has been a constant struggle in the relationship of society and government to reach a medium between the ideas of security and freedom. The problem lays somewhere in between the fact that security cannot be attained without the loss of some sort of freedom, and freedom cannot be attained without a certain loss of security. This idea of the battles between freedom and security can be seen in the heart of conflicts that stretch all across the globe. Whether it be a group of townspeople arguing against their local police force’s decision to put security cameras on all major street corners or a national movement against the infamous Patriot Act, this struggle is prevalent in discussions ranging from local to national levels worldwide. In Dennis McBrearty’s, “The Mercenary Dilemma”, McBrearty incorporates Aristotelian concepts of persuasion in order to successfully persuade the reader that, under their current legal constrictions and protections, the global use of mercenaries in military conflicts poses a large enough threat to both the mercenaries and the population surrounding them, that global action must be taken in order to ensure the security of all parties involved in the mercenary’s use as an active military force. In order to give the reader an idea of the view society holds in reference to mercenaries, McBrearty begins his essay by laying the foundation for both sides of an extremely complex
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issue with two simplistic ideas. Utilizing the concept of pathos, McBrearty appeals to the reader’s emotions and values of human life with the sentence, “They (mercenaries) have played crucial parts in battles and wars that have decided the course of history, sometimes defending capital cities from invasion, other times pillaging the towns they were charged to defend” (McBrearty 1). Within this sentence McBrearty proposes both a positive and negative
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course ENGL 110 taught by Professor Slovak during the Fall '07 term at University of Delaware.

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