Essay about Rhetorical Analysis Of ' The Pleasures Of Eating '

1262 Words Sep 6th, 2016 6 Pages
Aristotle once defined rhetoric as “an ability, in each particular case, to see the means of persuasion” or in a simpler term, “persuasion.” The use of rhetoric dates back centuries all the way to ancient Greece. Rhetoric is simply used for everyday communication. It can be defined by three concepts: Logos, Ethos, and Pathos. Logos, Ethos and Pathos is explained in simpler terms as text, author, and audience. These concepts are the back bone of modern day rhetoric and are used to strengthen a rhetorical situation or argument. Rhetoric in turn fuels the concept of critical thinking or analyzing that are useful tools to help determine the validity and soundness of Rhetorical situations. In a glance, critical thinking is the act of identifying a purpose, question, information, inferences, assumptions, main concepts, and bias. Wendell Berry and his essay “the pleasures of eating” uses rhetoric in attempts to persuade his audience of the issues at hand concerning healthy eating and the decline of the American food industry. However, while Wendell Berry’s essay “The Pleasures of Eating” might appeal to the sympathetic well educated readers of Eco literacy’s website, I find Berry overgeneralizing his assumptions toward the “urban consumer” (1) which weakens his credibility. Wendell Berry’s essay “The Pleasures of Eating,” is a call to action directed towards the “Urban Consumer” (his intended audience) to “Eat Responsibly” (1) and to become more educated on the issue. To those who…

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