Ethos, Pathos, Logos

by: Raeshel Calhoun

What is Ethos, Pathos, Logos

Ethos: The distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution.

Pathos: A quality people to feel sympathy and sadness.

Logos: The divine wisdom manifest in the creation, government, and redemption of the world and often identified with the second person of the Trinity.

Elizabeth: Addresses Rival Clergy on a Unified Church of England

In the movie Elizabeth, her speech is about choices and and the commitment to the choices. I believe she is possibly persuading them talking about laws and whatever the Clergymen choose is what they are stuck with and that Uniformity is the best choice.



Pathos: "Each of you must vote according to your conscience. But remember this: In your hands, upon this moment lies the future happiness of my people and the peace of this realm. Let that be upon your conscience also." -Elizabeth


  • I believe this is Ethos because she is letting the people know that whatever decision she makes will stick with them forever. She is wanting the people to think hard about their decisions and worry them into not making the wrong decision.

Logos: "Aye, but marry who, Your Grace? Would you give me some suggestion? For some say "France" and others "Spain" and some cannot abide foreigners at all. So, I'm not sure how best to please you, unless I marry one of each." -Elizabeth


  • Elizabeth was giving the men a logical appeal by explaining to the men that what they want some others may not agree with and is trying to have the men understand that.

Ethos: "I do not think you should lecture me on that, my lord, since you, yourself, have been twice divorced -- and are now upon your third wife." -Elizabeth




  • Elizabeth judged the Clergyman on his moral character because he was lecturing her on something he did not have the right to speak about.

Charlton Heston Speech: Gun Control

Charlton Heston writes a speech on his views about Gun Control, a hot topic and issue in today's society.


Ethos: "And your efforts to undermine the Second Amendment, to deride it and degrade it, to readily accept diluting it and eagerly promote redefining it, threaten not only the physical well-being of millions of Americans but also the core concept of individual liberty our founding fathers struggled to perfect and protect." -Heston


  • Heston's objective for this statement was to have the readers understand that our right to bare hands shouldn't be taken away from us as its stated in the Second Amendment.

Logos: "The original amendments we refer to as the Bill of Rights contain 10 of what the constitutional framers termed unalienable rights. These rights are ranked in random order and are linked by their essential equality. The Bill of Rights came to us with blinders on. It doesn't recognize color, or class or wealth. It protects not just the rights of actors, or editors, or reporters, but extends even to those we love to hate. That's why the most heinous criminals have rights until they are convicted of a crime." -Heston



  • Heston is giving a logical appeal because he is giving information about the Bill of Rights and how its effects us.

Pathos: "The beauty of the Constitution can be found in the way it takes human nature into consideration. We are not a docile species capable of co-existing within a perfect society under everlasting benevolent rule." -Heston


  • Heston is using Pathos to give off a feeling that the constitution is a good thing for America and that no part should be terminated because we " we are not a docile species capable of co-existing within a perfect society under everlasting benevolent rule".