Friday, March 25, 2011

Activity 3: Analysis of Letter by Jonathan Soh Wei Ping (20)

This writer has used ethos, pathos and logos in his writing. Let me start of with ethos first. He managed to convince his target audience as he uses credible information and data from respected institutions like “A study of 743 gunshot deaths by Dr. Arthur Kellermann and Dr. Donald Reay published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that 84% of these homicides occurred during fights in the home. “

Next, he utilised pathos in his writing. He used emotional appeal when he mentioned that his child was killed during a gun accident. His ideals also appealed to my ideals as he is against guns as a “self-defence” device. He also gave many examples, details and many choice words.

Lastly, he applied logos to his writing. He had logic in his writing and he used documents from respectable institutions. It is so as he questions the right of citizens being able to buy firearms after so many deaths due to firearms.

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