Rhetorical analysis of "The Killer Instinct" (January 2000)
"The Killer Instinct" is an article published in "A Monthly Journal of Religion & Public Life by Institute on Religion & Public life" in January 2000. This journal, which started from 1998, contains various articles with opinions, arguments, debates and commentary on religious and moral questions, and social issues going in American society. Thomas Sally, a poet and a writer, argues in the article that it's the nature of boys who constructs them rough and not the toys that create them violent. She argues with various examples from her friends and even from her own experience throughout the article making clear sense of support to her argument. This article by Thomas Sally is a successful argument appealing toward its audience with a clear and strong use of reasoning(logos), emotion(pathos) and authority(ethos) .
Thomas Sally's appeal to logic is the strongest persuasive proof to her argument. The motive for her use of reasoning is strong due to the explanation of suitable examples from her real-life experience on the subject. Thomas Sally explains, by reasoning, at the beginning paragraphs that a boy enjoys the warlike fascination of slashing & shooting and even punching if they don't find anything. Thomas Sally uses logos as, "We don't tell someone struggling with lust simply not to want sex; we don't tell a glutton that his problems will be solved if he stops being hungry." This is a clear logical statement that implies that restricting one from its problem is not the ultimate solution. Being rough is in boy's its own nature and simply restricting war toys from boys won't change their nature as they would even enjoy punching. In addition, Thomas Sally puts an example of her kids using sticks available in nature as their war tools for their satisfaction even though they were not actually encouraged for their act. After all these reasoning, Thomas Sally puts put another statement as "I implored my son, 'Don't be rough, Be gentle.' I might as well have said, 'Stop being a Boy.' " Thomas Sally puts up reasoning in a manner of sequence, which makes sense and enhances the effect of reasoning that is coming forth. As Thomas Sally already exclaimed that being rough is in nature of a boy, by this statement, she makes clear that saying not to be rough to a boy is simply saying not to act like a boy in nature.
Thomas Sally writes, having boys in family, her experiences regarding the nature of boys by relating incidents relating act of boys appeals to her use of ethos. She experiences the rough, in itself, nature of boys, as she shares the incidence of her boys making war tools out of stick and her boy pulling out hair of his sister. The sense of ethos here shows that the innocent act of boys in due to the nature and not by the instruction or restriction of hers'. Other than herself, Thomas Sally also uses the creditability of psychologist Leonard Sax as she uses his citation on the...