ENGL 2, ESSAY 2 - Nick Poggetti English 2 Paper 2 Zorn...

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Nick Poggetti English 2; Paper 2 Zorn May 20, 2009 Persuasion Through Presentation When it comes to getting what one wants from others, care must be taken when presenting the argument. Many factors must be taken into consideration such as the opinions of the opposition and how they contrast the goal, the possibilities of success, and most importantly: how the argument for or against something is presented. The tone in which one argues for their beliefs will be the foundations of their argument. If a man were to fight for the right to gay marriage, he should not attack straight marriage. Rather, he should fight for the equality of rights for all. Another very important factor that will lead to successful persuasion is to know who is being presented to. The audience being presented to makes the final decision whether to agree or disagree, so the knowledge of how they think, their opinions, and what appeals to them is vital when making a speech or presenting an argument. A perfect example would be Martin Luther King, Jr.’s letter from Birmingham jail to eight clergymen. King wrote his letter with these eight clergymen in mind throughout the entire letter. He appealed to them not by attacking them, but showing them the real reasons behind his actions. Another example of knowing an audience is the speech given by Frederick Douglass on Independence Day at Rochester. His speech was nontraditional for the occasion and attacked Americans for the wrongs of slavery and mistreatment of Africans. Douglass knew he would not win over an entire crowd by giving a radical speech, but only hoped to convince a few people overall. King and Douglass’s use of different tones in the presentation of their arguments helped persuade their audience. While they both appealed to very different feelings and emotions in their audience, they both were able to give a sense of where they were coming from with their ideas.
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Martin Luther King was arrested for what the clergymen considered to be possible provocation of violence and anarchy. His actions were said to be “unwise and untimely.” King’s response to the remarks of the actions and words of the clergymen was written in such a way that they were able to understand where King was formulating his argument from. The first notable
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