Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ethos, Logos, Pathos

We have begun writing our argument paper in English 2. That has been an interesting experience. I think I am definitely growing and being stretched in my writing which is a very good thing.

For the record, learning to keep Ethos, Logos, and Pathos in perfect symmetry is hard. I prefer to write all Pathos...just me and my emotions, guys. Take it or leave it.

Yet it's been very good, learning to stabilize the three elements and use them together to make a better and more complete whole.

For those of you who don't know, Ethos, Logos, and Pathos are the three pillars of persuasive writing. In order to write effectively, persuasively and credibly, you need a good balance of all three.

Ethos is your credibility as an author. Are you knowledgeable on your subject? Do you write with precise and correct grammar/spelling etc.? Are you thoughtful and fair when addressing those opinions opposite of your own?

Logos is the logic of your argument. Without Logos every argument will fall. Logos includes the reason and logic behind your argument, as well as how clear it is and the evidence you use to support your claim.

Pathos is the emotional side of things. The emotions, the values, the passion. This is the heart of your paper. Too much and it will be emotionally charged and scare people away or offend them easily.

Also, for the record, I am not an expert on Ethos, Logos and Pathos so if anyone has better definitions or more to add, I am all ears!

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