In school there are always those that do not understand, but get passing grades. In Mary Sherry’s essay In Praise of the F Word she talks about the topic in more depth. The essay talks about how the American school system you get passed along without any consideration about your pace and skill level. She also discusses how unprepared the American public is after high school and college. Her essay also talks about her own son and one of his experiences in his high school. Her use of ethos is not very high in the essay itself, but in her bio, it gives the majority of her ethos.
In her essay she has a low useage of ethos, but egardless there is some there. Her pathos on the other hand is comparatively very abundant. She uses many stories to make people feel a certain way about the topic on hand. The use of words that have a bad connotation also help to manipulate our emotions very well. The use of Logos in her essay was not a plentiful as the other two. There was still logos there, but I feel like there was not as much in there as ethos or pathos. Mary Sherry’s use of ethos pathos and logos in her essay In Praise of the F word vary in usage between the three appeals.
Mary’s use of ethos was effective in building trust, but was not ery spread out in her essay. For example most of her ethos is in the biography before the essay even started. A few of the things that are said are that she graduated from Rosary college with a bachelor’s degree. She also owns a research company that specializes in economic development. More ethos is established in her biography by stating that she was in other magazines and papers, and teaches adult literacy programs outside of all of that. Those are all good examples of ethos, but it is all in her biography.
Since all of that trust in her is held mostly in her biography, so if someone skips that paragraph they would miss ut on all of the trust that was built while reading it. Now this is not saying Mary Sherry’s essay had bad ethos, as a matter of fact In Praise of the F word has more than enough ethos to persuade people to trust what Mary says. In In Praise of the F word the ethos is not as emphasized as the other appeals, and is not as much In Praise of the F word that is Other examples of ethos used actually in the essay, and not in her biography are present.
One of the main points of ethos in In Praise of the F word are that she is a adult literacy teacher. The one other example is that Mary has a son that was passed through the american school ystem, until. Those usages of ethos are good and effective, but are not that plentiful throughout in In Praise of the F word. The other example of ethos, which is that Mary has a son that experienced being passed through the american school system. The example of her being an adult literacy teacher is used as Mary Sherrys main use of ethos, and throughout the three pages of In Praise of the F word it is used for two out of those three pages.
The second use of ethos is about her son getting passed along the school system is used in one of the three pages of In Praise of the F word, but is still effective as an use of thos. Mary’s son being passed along school shows that she has an experience with the very topic she trying to prove. In Mary Sherry’s essay In Praise of the F word the ethos is used effectively. The number of examples are low, but are powerful. Although there are not a plentiful amount of usages in the essay itself, there are a multitude of ethos examples in the author’s biography before the essay.
The examples of ethos that are in the essay are strong enough to carry on one to 2 pages each. The first example used is that she is an adult literacy teacher, which makes us trust her more as a source of information. The second example of ethos in her essay is that she has a son which had a experience exactly like the one that was described in the essay. That example of ethos does not just act as an ethos, but it also works as a pathos. Mary Sherrys use of pathos, unlike the ethos, is far from scarce.
One of those examples is the use of words or phrases that have bad connotations. A few of those words/phrases are educational repair shop, dropout, flunk, chemical dependency or abuse. Those words words are all examples of the pathos that is used in In Praise of the F word, and those are all effective uses of pathos. The pathos Mary Sherry decides to use is very effective in making the audience feel what emotion Mary wanted us to. The examples of using words with bad connotations is a very clever way to use how we already feel to make us feel that way in the essay.
The pathos persuades us not to let school systems pass students along, and to stop and think about the possibilities that could entail, if we let this continue. This use of pathos is definitely very powerful as it uses the common truth to show the audience what could happen. The other example of pathos that Mary Sherry uses is that she retells the stories that the past nd current students tell. One of these stories is one of a chemical dependency, and a life of partying. This student says that he wished that someone would have stopped them and made them study.
Another one of these stories is of an average student that was just passed along, but had trouble reading and writing. Lastly Mary uses her own son as an example of pathos. The story of Mary’s son includes how he was a average student and hit senior year, and his english teacher did not care about holding his hand until he passed the class. These stories are very effective in manipulating emotions in ways that are beneficial to he essay. The story of a chemical dependency is mostly for making us sad and vulnerable for the following stories, and is very effective in what it was meant to do.
The story of the average student and her son are meant for the audience to relate to. When we relate to their circumstances we are left thinking if it could happen to anyone in the audience. These examples of pathos are very effective in what it was meant to do. The connotative words are very useful in using the predetermined thoughts of the people and weaving them into the essay to make us think about what Mary wants the audience o think. Mary’s use of real stories also makes us think in a way that makes her essay better, and more resonating.
Mary Sherry’s use of appeals in the essay In Praise of the F word are both effective and relevant to her essay. Mary’s use of ethos is most abundant in her biography, but is still in her essay. Regardless her use of ethos is enough to persuade me to trust her, and make me believe her arguments. Mary has a great use of pathos, and is very plentiful in her essay. Mary’s use of pathos is mostly her way of making us believe in her statements by making us more vulnerable.