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Lynch Speech Ethos Pathos Logos

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In July of 2001, Jessica Lynch enlisted into the United States Army with her brother Gregory Lynch. Both enlisting for different reasons, but together they would serve and fight for the freedom of the United States. In 2003, Lynch receive notice that she was being deployed to Iraq.
Lynch was on a 100 mile convoy driving a heavy 5-ton buffalo water truck to Bagdad when her vehicle she was driving broke down. That was just the beginning of a day that would be embedded into Lynch’s mind for the rest of her life. Lynch was picked up but First Sergeant, Robert Dowdy, and her roommate Lori Piestewa. They were driving through the city of Nasiryah, when their vehicle was struck ...view middle of the document...

Description of Method
Jessica Lynch’s speech will be explored by Aristotle’s three artistic proofs ethos, pathos, and logos. Proof examines persuasion, and persuasion must convince its listeners. Aristotle divides proof into two categories, artistic and inartistic. An inartistic proof is given by the situation and can only be used by the rhetor. The rhetor cannot make up and inartistic proof. An artistic proof is defined as the use of persuasion created by the speaker. There are three kinds of artistic proofs, which are ethos, pathos and logos. The first artistic proof is Ethos, which is the personal character of the speakers. “The study of ethos is very important because the audiences judge not only the argument presented, but the speaker as well.” The second artistic proof is pathos which is appeal based on emotion. Aristotle believed that effective speakers should understand the audiences emotions. The third artistic proof is logos which is appeal based on logic or reason. There are two types of reasoning, induction and deduction. One form of induction is reasoning from examples or reasoning from a particular case to a general conclusion. Deduction relies not on example, but on enthymemes. Aristotle argued that “The enthymeme is a sort of syllogism or reasoning.” When these three key components a speech are known and are used correctly, the speaker has a far better chance of persuading the audience.
Application of Method
Jessica lynch’s reputation was one that people only dream of being. Lynch was known around the world as and all American war hero that went down fighting with guns blazing. Lynch began her speech with a great the use of ethos to make her more credible to the audience:
“I have been asked here today to address “misinformation from the battlefield.” Quite frankly, it is something that I have been doing since I returned home from Iraq. However, I want to note for the record that I am not politically motivated in my appearance today.”
The use of logos in Lynch’s speech was not very complex. The main reasoning behind her speech was that Lynch didn’t want people to be known for something that she was only made out to be by the media. Lynch just wanted people to...

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