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good is justified, there is no evidence that proves that this method is at all successful. In actuality, torture may just cause more repercussions to occur. For example, in “The Psychological Impact of Torture” published in the British Journal of Pain, the authors, Amanda Williams and Jannie van der Merwe state, “Other than post-traumatic stress symptoms, torture survivors have elevated rates of anxiety, depression, and adjustment problems, including outbreaks of anger and violence directed toward family members” (Merwe & Williams). As one can see, torture has devasting psychological effects on its victims and as a result, victims of torture tend to act out violently on other family members. Consequently, this spiral of violence may lead to more aggressive and violent behavior in society. Overall, the topic of torture is one that is very controversial in today’s society and has many people taking different positions. Ultimately Solomon’s argument is much stronger and
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effective because of her wide use of rhetorical strategies. Solomon appeals to a wider audience than Levin and bases her argument on credible sources and solid evidence. While Levin brings up valid points, his argument is weaker because he focuses too much on pathos, instead of incorporating other strategies that appeal to a variety of people. Relying too heavily on emotional appeal also leads to an ineffective argument, because it can come across as manipulation. After examining and analyzing both articles, it is evident that under no circumstance, torture should not be a tactic used obtain information in interrogatees. Works Cited
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Levin, Michael. “The Case for Torture.” Michael Levin: The Case for Torture , people.brandeis.edu/~teuber/torture.html. Solomon, Alisa. “The Case Against Torture.” Village Voice , 27 Nov. 2001,
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  • Summer '16
  • Moses Thairu
  • Rhetoric, Michael Levin, Alina Solomon

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