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When writing an argument, students often believe contention or even aggression are required, but good rhetorical strategy requires the opposite. It requires knowing exactly who one’s audience is and discerning ways to create unity with the audience, fostering respect, before accentuating differences. Aristotle identified this as an art – the art of persuasion – to be practiced and finessed, as opposed to verbal mud slinging. In this very well written argument, who do you think Hannah Gaitan’s audience is? What strategies does she use to create unity and show respect for her audience. Can you point to specific word choices that achieve artful persuasion?
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"Reaching for the Right Answer,"
The Idea of an Essay: Vol. 2
, Article 13.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.cedarville.edu/idea_of_an_essay/vol2/iss1/13