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Persuasive Techniques Used By Michael Moore And Niccoló Machiavelli

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Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, who initially came up with the three different sections of rhetorical appeals and the act of persuasion. The three appeals include ethos, logos and pathos, all three different means of persuasion. Michael Moore’s, Capitalism: A Love Story will be used and examples will be taken from throughout the movie to analyze his rhetorical techniques when reaching out to the audience. Examples from “The Qualities of the Prince” by Niccoló Machiavelli will also be analyzed for the three appeals. Moore’s movie relates exactly to the rhetorical appeals because he is persuading the readers to realize all the corrupt and unjust happenings that are going on all around us without even knowing it. He is trying to explain to the readers that it is going on everywhere and steps to educate their selves to gain awareness in the corruption of America. His video shows many examples of the “behind the scenes” into the political world and cites all the events back to how and why it is ruining our country and what we can do to prevent and/or help the cause. Machiavelli’s piece also was a form of persuasion and rhetoric’s, using all three appeals as well. “The Qualities of the Prince” is a piece by Machiavelli in which he is trying to explain how a prince should act and what traits they should possess to be a successful leader. Machiavelli is using the rhetoric appeals and explaining his experiences through which he has learned what it takes to be a great prince.
Machiavelli uses rhetorical appeals in his writing with some being more prominent throughout than others. Ethos is one of the three appeals that represents ethics and reliability. This form of persuasion is used as credibility and respect as an author to the audience, they trust and respect the author’s authority and link the argument to credibility. Machiavelli uses ethos as a source of trust in the sayings he used often. The sayings he uses are widely known and acknowledged by many. He knows that these sayings are trusted and known with great wisdom so he quotes them in his pieces to defend what he is saying with wisdom. On page 36, Machiavelli’s rhetoric’s are stated and the use of the sayings are explained. By doing these he is really more likely to gain acceptance about his subject. He makes up these sayings that have a connection with wisdom just by the sound of it, he says "A man who wishes to make a vocation of being good at all times will come to ruin among so many who are not good." this makes it seem like this is an old saying or well known phrase. He wants people to know that living your life to be good at all times will make your ruin among most people who are not good, you are a "push-over" in another sense.
Throughout the film,Capitalism: A Love Story, by Michael Moore, many important figures in the American government/retired politicians were speakers on what the government is ruining and who is doing it. A lot of the time when there was a speaker,...

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