American Literature, 1800-1915 (EL 266)


15 September 2005

Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (Ch 8-13)


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Rhetoric

Rhetoric the use of language to persuade. One of the three most important of the liberal arts (those skills that free citizens were expected to have). Classical rhetoric recognizes three main ways to persuade. We can make emotional pleas (pathos); we can make ethical pleas (ethos), or we can use logic (logos).

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