Saturday, February 11, 2006

Argument from the heart

2) Write two shorter essays (3-4 paragraphs each) using only one type of appeal (argument from any one of the following: heart, values, character, reason) for each essay. So, if you write one essay that is "all heart", your second essay might be all reason. Again, you may use logical fallacies if you think that they will help you convince your reader. Identify which appeal you are using in each essay ahead of time (i.e. Essay 1: Argument from the heart) Be sure to identify your audience before you write your essay. (i.e. Audience: Dr. Malesh OR Audience: The Chronicle of Higher Education OR Audience: My Mother to whom I am explaining why I got a "C" in my writing class).


The audience is to our local senator. I am persuading him against the idea of building a Wal-Mart in our town from the heart.

It has been brought to my attention that the city plans on cutting down the trees to build a Wal-Mart for the town. I realize that this build would increase revenue for the city as a whole but at the same time it would pull away from the small town atmosphere we have going here.
I don’t know about you, but every morning on my walk to work at the elementary school down the street I rather enjoy the waves and “hellos” from the business owners setting up on the sidewalk. Our parents and grandparents enjoyed the city just as it is today. Everyone talks to each other as if they are family and all the children are all friends as well. If we bring such a big business into the town we are just asking for our entire city as we know it to change. We would no longer be able to go to Bob’s Bakery to pick up breakfast on our way to work, or to Ching’s Coffee Shop when we need our caffeine fix, or even to the beauty supply store to hear this weeks gossip from Rita, the store owner. The building of the Wal-Mart will just be the first change, pretty soon there will be an influx of fast food chains and cheap motels. We don’t want our town to be like that and I am sure you don’t either.
Included in this letter is a petitition. Almost everyone in the city has signed it, and I think that you should too. Preserve the atmosphere we have been as lucky to have for all these years and let our future generations enjoy it too. Keep Wal-Mart and other big business out. The town is speaking for itself and we want to keep things the way we are.


The following is a letter from a seventeen year old girl to her parents about raising her curfew due to her good character.

I am writing this letter to try and make you see that you should raise my curfew. I have prepared a few arguments that I think will persuade you in changing my curfew from 11:00 pm to 12:00 am. I think that writing them to you will better allow me to get my point across without any interruptions and will give you time to think about the decision.
As you both know I just turned seventeen and have never objected to my curew set a year ago. You also know that I am an "A" student, president of the Key Club, and the best soccer goalie there is in our town. I never come home late without calling to ask you first and have never recieved a speeding ticket or even detention for that matter. I didn't want to argue the point that everyone else's curfews are later than mine but just to let you know, they are. The worst part about the whole thing is that we live at least 20 minutes from all of my friends and I am always the one who has to leave early from things like movies and dances and such. The last thing I wanted to bring up is the fact that when Joe turned 17 his curfew was raised to 1:00 am and I am not even asking for mine to be that late.
I hope I am not asking to much of you, I just feel that I have proven I can be a responsible young adult. If you have any questions then tell me and I hope we can come up with something that makes both of us happier.

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