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In his essay "Me Talk Pretty One Day," how does David Sedaris use pathos, egos and logos?

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Ethos, logos, and pathos are the three pillars or legs of argument that come down to us from Greek rhetoric. Like a table or a stool missing a leg, if your argument lacks one of these elements, it is likely to collapse and convince nobody.

Ethos is the character you project. One can have a good ethos or a poor ethos. Figures such as Benjamin Franklin and George Washington have a positive ethos because they represent virtues we admire, such as frugality and honesty. Consequently, they are often used in advertising. People like Hitler and Stalin have a terrible ethos, one we associate with tyranny and genocide.

Pathos is emotional appeal. Almost no argument can be effective without touching our emotions in some way.

Logos is the appeal to logic. We appeal to logic by providing facts and statistics.

Sedaris is writing a comic essay about learning French, so he goes out of his way to create the comic character of a forty-one-year-old American struggling to learn a new language. He also creates a...

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