Rhetorical Triangle and Appeals

Connor Wilson

Example 1. Usage of rhetorical triangle

President's speech on the recent destruction in Oklahoma from tornadoes

1. Purpose: In order to show the audience is personal opinion on the topic of the series of deadly tornadoes, that has most recently hit Oklahoma and how he is concerned for the well-being of fellow citizens and the town of how the president will help bring everyone together in this time of tragedy.

Speaker: The president of the United States who addresses political, economical, and possible problems that may come up during his term as president, in order to, address the tragedy of not only deaths, but destruction from the sixteen tornadoes in Oklahoma.

Audience: Primarily, the people who may be concerned or distraught from this tragedy in Oklahoma and who care for the well being of the lost ones and the families. Not only the people witnessing this tragedy but also the people that have lost their homes and almost everything around them.


Example 2. Usage of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos while using the rhetorical triangle!

2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYuoa0Pak1s *3:00-9:00* only

This video covers the second part of the Rhetorical Triangle. It covers the three rhetorical appeals that are used to make an efficient speech. These three appeals include ethos, pathos, and logos. Ethos is how the speaker is able to gain or show their credibility, in order to gain an audience’s attention. Pathos is how the speaker is able to appeal to the *AUDIENCES* emotion.

Finally, logos is how the speaker is able to create logic with his/her speech. This can include statistical numbers or “if then” statements. There is no limit to a logical appeal as long as it *MAKES SENSE* to the audience and they are able to see the speaker’s point. When you understand these basic tools (ethos, pathos, logos) then, you will be able to create an effective speech. From identifying the speaker, purpose and audience to highlighting how the speaker used ethos, pathos and logos then you are on your way to a successful year in English 2 Pre-AP!

Example 3

3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V57lotnKGF8

Speaker: A historical colored man named, Martin Luther King Jr., who believed that one day this country would realize that all men were created equal.

Audience: The people from all around the country that have come to see Martin Luther King Jr. give his speech and who also believe that it is time to make a change according to the color of someone’s skin color.

Purpose: In order to show the speaker’s opinion about the topic of racism and how one day he believes that racism will be abolished and the world will one day give every man an equal opportunity.