Rhetorical Analysis Of The Killer Instinct

1061 words - 5 pages

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...

Find Another Essay On Rhetorical analysis of The Killer Instinct

Analysis of the Psycho-Thriller genre with particular reference to Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction and Single White Female

2048 words - 8 pages An analysis of The Psycho - Thriller Genre with particular reference to Basic Instinct (1992), Fatal Attraction (1987) and Single White Female (1992).Genre goes back to the earliest forms of cinema and was seen as a way of organising films according to type. It wasn't until the 1960's that Genre was introduced into the use of main stream theory. The French critic André Bazin was actually already using the term in the 1950's when making

A Rhetorical Analysis of “The Death of Honesty”

1078 words - 4 pages honesty, he ends his appeal by stating “As the Founders…warned, the failure to cultivate virtue in citizens can be a lethal threat to any democracy” (par. 20). Damon ends on this warning note after leading his audience through his line of rhetorical arguments. William Damon uses the classical rhetorical devices of logos, pathos and ethos to convince his audience of the urgency to address the decline of honesty. He provides a balanced assessment

The Rhetorical Analysis of Writing in the Accounting Profession

1876 words - 8 pages Running head: WRITING IN ACCOUNTING 1WRITING IN ACCOUNTINGTHE RHETORICAL ANALYSIS OF WRITING IN THE ACCOUNTING PROFESSIONAbstractThe techniques and writing styles used within the accounting profession. The accounting field requires a lot of data gathering and responding to that data in the form of formal responses in APA formatting. The paper is constructed into five paragraphs: introduction, formatting in writing, logos in writing, ethos in

Maternal Instinct in The Turn of the Screw

1736 words - 7 pages in this novella are nothing close to normal. There are three key relationships in The Turn of the Screw: the Governess and Mrs. Grose, the Governess and Miles, and the governess and Flora. All of these relationships show how the governess’s maternal instinct influences her interactions and decisions with each of the characters. The first way in which all three of the interactions will be abnormal is due to the governess’s employed position

Rhetorical Analysis of the Movie Thank You for Smoking

1129 words - 5 pages his audience. While on the Jenny Joan Talk Show he referred to the audience as the “fine concerned people.”Mr. Nick is aware of the effect of commendations and compliments and uses this as a yard stick to appeal to the emotions of the audience by applying this skill for his personal victory against his opponent. Throughout the movie, rhetorical strategies was used to distract, persuade or inform the audience about smoking and anti-smoking issues

Rhetorical Analysis of The Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime”

1896 words - 8 pages Rhetorical Analysis of The Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime” Kenneth Burke’s Five Master Terms exist to bring to light the motivation behind, theoretically, any bit of text to which we care to apply them. The beauty of this Pentad is its fundamentality in regards to the motivations humans have in creating words and meaning using the tools of language available. This doesn’t just apply to long-winded theses regarding the

Analysis of the rhetorical choices in political speeches

1268 words - 6 pages address contains rhetorical and propaganda devices that appeal to the religious beliefs, international fears, and personal hopes of the American people and people across the globe. Kennedy’s inaugural address was given during the Cold War period when tensions between the United States and Russia were rising. Throughout his speech Kennedy uses pathos, otherwise known as the appeal to one’s emotions along with glittering generalities to address

Analysis of the rhetorical choices in political speeches

916 words - 4 pages Whether you’re walking down the street, sitting at home watching television, or even taking a cruise down an interstate highway, you have come across some form of advertising. Advertisements are apart of everyday modern society and it’s almost impossible to go one day without coming across a sale strategy of some sort. The overall goal of advertisements is to sell a cheap products to avid consumers who readily spend money on items that hold

Rhetorical Analysis of Professional Writing

1654 words - 7 pages to meet current and future demands. Karen, throughout the article, used several rhetorical strategies and rhetorical appeals. The ones that have will be discussing throughout the essay, are analysis of cause and/or effect, comparison and contrast, and exemplification. The appeal that will requires attention and discussion in the essay is logos. To further elaborate on strategies and appeal, I will use details and examples of how Karen used

Rhetorical Analysis of 10,000 Rule

769 words - 3 pages successful because of his use of exemplum, logos and rhetorical question. Gladwell narrates along biographical sections in the chapter and leads you through the lives of his “successful” subjects. He explains a cause of success and the effect it has on the outliers and their lives. He effectively asks rhetorical questions to spark readers’ interest in a phenomenon and then he explains the phenomenon using research exemplum. Ethos strengthens his

Rhetorical Analysis of Two Sentences

1157 words - 5 pages delivered powerful messages within the gender equality arena yet vary in terms of their rhetorical situation, rhetorical appeals, tone, structure and style. The sentences: (1) “Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen

Similar Essays

Rhetorical Analysis Of "The Killer Instinct"

1325 words - 6 pages "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. Sally Thomas, a poet and a writer, argues in the article that it's the nature of boys who constructs them

Rhetorical Analysis Of The Declaration Of Independence

875 words - 4 pages audience that the colonies deserved their independence.Works CitedGibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. New York: The ModernLanguage Association of America, 2009. Print."Rhetorical Analysis: Declaration of Independence." Blog at Word Press.com. The Twenty TenTheme, 1 Oct. 2012. Web. 26 Oct. 2014.

State Of The Union Rhetorical Analysis

745 words - 3 pages In his “State of the Union” speech, President Barack Obama effectively uses the rhetorical devices of Ethos, Pathos and Logos to convey a more convincing message to the citizens of the United States to urge them to follow the example of the many people that have made their nation greater. Perhaps one of the most notable devices used is Logos, Obama does not speak of the state of the nation without calling out numbers and statistics of the

The Audacity Of Hope: A Rhetorical Analysis

2079 words - 8 pages responses to today’s current domestic controversies using artistic appeals, such as ethos, pathos and logos. Senator Obama also gives the audience an in-depth analysis of the key policies that need to be changed for both Democrats and Republicans, and delivers an inherent message to offer hope to anyone, regardless of background or experiences. In the prologue, he discusses in great detail virtually every major political issue facing the American