AN INTRODUCTION TO ARGUMENT AND RHETORIC. AP LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION. Argument – the point is “to discover some version of the truth using evidence and reasons…lead[ing] audiences toward conviction, an agreement that a claim is true or reasonable, or that a course of action is desirable.”.
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AP LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION
Persuasion – the point is “to change a point of view or to move others from conviction to action.”
“…[A]rgue to discover some truth; …persuade when [you] think [you] already know it.”Everything is an Argument
Source: Lunsford, Andrea A., John J. Fuszkiewicz, and Keith Walters. Everything’s an Argument., 4th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2007. p. 8.
Examples of each one?
What emotions are aroused? How do words and image(s) clash? Is this an appeal to ethos or pathos? How do you know (evidence)?
President George W. Bush speaks at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota, August 15, 2002, regarding his proposed 170,000-strong Homeland Security Department. Photo: Larry Downing/Reuters