6 ways to jeopardize your argument essay

Audience, Revisions

If a brilliant argument essay comes back from a teacher with “weak support” scrawled across the top of page 1 then something went wrong somewhere between the good idea and the supporting evidence.

Rhetorical missteps, known as logical fallacies, are everywhere. Talk radio, advertisements, and internet forums are prone to them because they are easy mistakes to make and if not examined too closely, wonderfully persuasive.

Let’s put a few of these under magnification:

Pathos, Logos, Ethos

Audience, Revisions, Rhetoric

Picture a newly licensed teenager begging for a dream car from reluctant parents. Initially, the pleas might be about the ultra-fine fabulousness of the dream car or how a person is only young once. Begging might work, but usually a passionate, emotional appeal alone cannot guarantee a successful outcome.

Let’s say the teenager decides to alter tactics and provide information, such as resale value, to shine a flattering light on the dream car.