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Assignment One: 150 word Reply to this posting.

I chose to read The Damned Human Race, by Mark Twain. Mark Twain used a very controversial thesis statement to attract the readers’ interest.

“I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the lower animals (so-called), and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me. For it obliges me to renounce my allegiance to the Darwinian theory of the Ascent of Man from the Lower Animals; since it now seems plain to me that the theory ought to be vacated in favor of a new and truer one, this new and truer one to be named the Descent of Man from the Higher Animals. “ (Twain)

Twains’ main point with this article was to prove that man is not above the other animals he is actually below them. His writing is very chronological and flows well. This makes his point easy to understand for the reader. He hooks the readers’ attention by using an introduction that is very blunt and controversial. This is very effective because you then want to read more to understand his justification. His conclusion has both strengths and weaknesses. He does a good job restating his initial thesis statement. One of the weaknesses of his conclusion is that he adds assumptions not mentioned in his paper and are mostly unfounded by facts.

 Source

Twain, M.. N.p.. Web. 12 Mar 2014. <http://moodyap.pbworks.com/f/Twain.damned.pdf>.

 

Assignment Two: 150 word Reply to this posting.

I chose to write about "The Damned Human Race" by Mark Twain. The damned human race is about the disgracefulness of human beings. This story actually fascinated me. The main point of this story is that humans know right from wrong and will most likely chose the wrong path. Humans can be a disgrace to this earth. Twain goes about this by doing his own experiment. He compares the human race to to different types of animals. The most fascinating of these experiments to me was Twain in just one hour introduced a cat and a dog by putting them into a cage. The became friends. Within that following hour he taught the cat and dog to be friends with a rabbit. In a total of two days combined, he added a fox, a squirrel, doves, and a monkey. According to Twain, "they lived together in peace; even affectionately" (4). The next thing Twain did was put an Irish Catholic from Tipperary in a cage, and then added a Scotch Presbyterian from Aberdeen in the cage. "Next a Turk from Constantinople; a Greek Christian from Crete; an Armenian; a Methodist from the wilds of Arkansas; a Buddhist from China; a Brahman from Benares. Finally, a Salvation Army Colonel from Wapping"(Twain 4). He had left them all in a cage for two days and came back to a nightmare. According to Twain, "When I came back to note results, the cage of Higher Animals was all right, but in the other there was but a chaos of gory odds and ends of turbans and fezzes and plaids and bones and flesh not a specimen left alive. These Reasoning Animals had disagreed on a theological detail and carried the matter to a Higher Court"(4). To his conclusion humans can not get over disagreements and seek revenge whereas animals can disagree but move on. His style of writing was very interesting. He introduced the disgracefulness slowly into the story and supported all of his opinions with the facts of his examples. His examples were very strong and I feel as if he had no week points. Overall it was a great story and an excellent experiment. I recommend everyone read it. It shows what this world is coming to.

Works Cited

Twain, Mark. “Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences.” University of Virginia Library. n.d.

Web. 11 May 2012.

 

Third Assignment : 150 word Reply to this posting.

A true feminist, no matter how far to the left she may be in the revolutionary movement, sees the woman's battle as distinct in its objects and different in its methods from the workers' battle for industrial freedom. For the critical evaluation essay, this writing will be important and play off of women’s rights in the past, present, and future.

 

Is this essay, we will discuss ethos, pathos, and logos. The ethos can mean something that some believe is a form of ethics, but what one may think is ok, the person next to you may not think it is ok. The entire way that the feminist movement started was using pathos to get stay at home moms to feel unrecognized and to want to join the feminist group. The logos is the studies and research that shows the effects that the feminist movement has had.

 

In the article “Now We Can Begin” the author uses pathos to get housewives and other women feel as unappreciated and insignificant as a housewife when she stated (Eastman, 2012) “What, then, is "the matter with women"? What is the problem of women's freedom? It seems to me to be this: how to arrange the world so that women can be human beings, with a chance to exercise their infinitely varied gifts in infinitely varied ways, instead of being destined by the accident of their sex to one field of activity -housework and child-raising” (Eastman, 2012)

 

Eastman, Crystal. “Now We Can Begin.About.com: Women’s History. 2012. Web. 11 May 2012.

 

Fourth Assignment: 150 word reply

Thesis Statement: In a petition to the President of the United States on July 3rd, 1945, renowned Physicist Leo Szilard urges President Truman to find an alternate means to ending the war with Japan rather than dropping nuclear weapons on the civilian population.

Throughout the petition Szilard used Ethos as a primary delivery method. As an expert in the field of nuclear energy at the time, Szilard along with 58 other technicians and scientists attempted to persuade President Truman using their knowledge and reputation on the subject. Szilard also used Logos in his petition when he stated “Thus a nation which sets the precedent for using these newly liberated forces of nature for destruction may have to bear the responsibility of opening the door to an era of devastation on an unimaginable scale.”(Szilard)

 

After reading this week’s required reading from the book, it became easier to understand what the authors were writing about as well as the audience they were attempting to reach. By learning these techniques I think it will better equip me as a writer, not only in composition classes such as this one, but during the completion of my Bachelors in Management using the ethos writing method to present my ideas as communal giving the individuals under me a since of ownership.

Work Cited

Szilard, Leo and Cosigners. “A Petition to the President of the United States.” Atomicarchive.com. 2011. Web. 19 March 2014.

 

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