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years-old, and his deportation brought up important questions amongst his classmates. Some of the other children proclaimed “How is that fair?” or “That’s ridiculous!” . The class also took other proactive measures to investigate the situation and provide support for Rodrigo and his family such as making a video to send to him in Mexico and writing to their local Congressman. This account and the uprising which proceeded, help support the claim that the author of the essay uses ethos to help legitimize and bring credibility to each side of the argument, rather than take a polarized position on the topic. This particular example sheds light on the liberal side of the argument, arguing a for dynamic and multicultural society which embraces diversity. One can argue that this example is one of ethos because the
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author is appealing to the legitimacy of the issue by featuring accounts from actual children affected by the issue. These children were clearly devastated by the deportation of their classmate and the author embraced their naivety and innocence to help shape an argument against the deportation of the student. According to the text, some liberal commentators believe that Rodrigo’s class stands as proof that children are born without prejudge and hate must be taught. This claim again goes to support the claim of legitimacy and credibility Smith is trying to shed light on. Mentioning the case of Rodrigo Guzman can also be argued as a case of pathos, an appeal to emotion and in this case, sympathy. It can be inferred that the author also incorporated the case of Guzman to draw support from readers on an emotional level. Smith unbiasedly illustrates the case, highlighting that Rodrigo was a dedicated student who was brought to the United States for the opportunity to learn and succeed. With this example, Smith is able to draw sympathy from the readers for the child’s case because he was unfairly taken away from his home, stripped of his dignity, and forced to learn the unfortunate truth about immigrants in the United States at a really young age. Finally, the author uses an emotional ploy to build sympathy for this side of the argument when he says,
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  • Spring '16
  • Fred
  • English, Immigration to the United States, Jeremy Adam Smith

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