The Whole Enchilada of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos


Reading Response Tab 4 section 11

   As one can agree, every writing assignment or claim should have an affective appeal, whether its by evidence, facts, or by emotions. One of the things that strike me the most was the whole concept of appealing the readers intellect and their emotions. This is what ancient Greeks called it logos and pathos. Logos refers to evidence that is rational and relevant to what your trying to claim or appeal. It appeals the reader by reasoned support and concrete evidence, such as facts, statistics, and examples. Pathos is a type of appeal that strikes the readers emotions. It relies on examples, stories, or anecdotes to persuade readers. It also uses a tone that stimulates readers’ feelings. These appeals are not only the thing that strike me the most, but they are used in a everyday basis. You see them on a bus ad, or even on facebook. It’s something that everybody sees, and should be used in their writing to make a better claim. Another way to appeal a person is by ethos. Ethos in Greek means good character, sound of knowledge, or good reputation. This goes a long way in persuading readers to trust you, and respect you in what you say. Ethos is something that I didn’t really understand when I was in English 1010. The teacher kept teaching it for a long time, but it just didn’t click  to me, and its something that I learned  in the reading. Without a good pathos, the reader won’t really have the confidence to be convinced on what one is trying to state. That’s why this is something important to understand and glad I finally got it cleared. Ethos, Pathos, and Logos are like three brothers. They are all the same, but slightly different.                                                                                                                                                                           

     Another  important point in the reading is the classical model in a writing assignment or essay. The introduction, background, reasons of evidence, counterclaims or counterevidence, and a conclusion. This uses deductive reasoning and is well suited and organized to persuade an argument.

     As of all, I think these are the most important points one should dominate and get to know their meaning, especially in the clarification and excellence in your writing.

Edgar Casillas


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