Eng 101 Essay#3
Ethos, Pathos, Logos
Martin Luther King, President Obama, and Charlie Chaplain all evoke strong persuasive techniques to tell a story but more importantly to shed light on intolerance and injustices all around us. Through their artistic use of the rhetorical triangle they give compelling and emotional testimony, not only through what they have witnessed but what they experienced. Ethos, pathos and logos are ancient techniques used in persuading anyone from your best friend to an entire society to perhaps think differently.
Dr. King ‘s speech simultaneously uses all three persuasive techniques in his first sentence. He stated he was happy to join with his audience evoking pathos. He used his creditability, (ethos) before he even began speaking as most of the hundreds of thousands of people were waiting to hear his words based on his widely reported sense of right and wrong. He immediately lets them know that he sees this historical moment and the future, and since he is joining them, he has already earned their creditability.
He evoked feelings of compassion and links the past to the present by referring back to Lincoln using his reputation to lend additional creditability to his vision and in doing so shows us why racial equality is both an ethical and compassionate progression. “We the people who care about right and wrong should never be satisfied until the promise of the Constitution is met”. He uses the analogy of seeing the promises in the Constitution as a promissionary note waiting to be cashed but as they try to cash it they return it with “insufficient funds” stamped on the front. He continues making his dream clearer by vividly describing his vision until we are inside the dream at the table sitting down together. He masterfully continues on using all three-persuasion techniques back and forth to persuade his audience to make his dream their...