Friday, March 25, 2011

Activity 3: Analysis of Letter by Goh Chin Fan (03)

Ethos: He started off by saying praises to the congressman, leaving a good impression of him on the congressman because he would know that he respected him, therefore the Congressman would want to read the letter. Then he appealed to the Congressman’s feelings by saying that he lost his son due to a gun shot, therefore the Congressman would consider his words and he may take his words into action as he is convinced.

Logos: He used logos to convince the Congressman that he was being logical as he stated that he took information from F.B.I. and such, meaning that his sources were accurate and not some unreliable source. F.B.I. stated that approximately 60 percent of all murder victims in the United States in 1994 (about 16,000 people) were killed with firearms and that firearms injured another 70,000 victims, among them some were left permanently disabled, thus this brings the seriousness of the gun ownership law being wrongly used by the people and therefore the Congressman should make changes to the law.

Pathos: He appealed to the Congressman’s emotions by stating if he would want to be responsible for causing deaths and such by legalizing the gun ownership law, therefore persuading him to make changes to the law.

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