Compare Rhetorical Appeals

In this practice exercise, write an essay of 500 to 750 words that examines the use of the rhetorical appeals in the two sources you read about the Statue of Liberty: Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colossus” and Dan Sanchez’s “Mass Producing Huddled Masses”.

Your essay should address these questions:

  1. Which work uses rhetorical strategies more effectively?
  2. Which rhetorical strategy is more powerful in terms of supporting the author’s claim or main idea?

Support your argument with specific examples from each work.

Investigation of The New Colossus

The New Colossus is known as a Petrarchan work, a structure utilized by Petrarch, 14 lines in length altogether, made up of an octave, 8 lines, and a sestet, 6 lines.

The rhyme plot is as per the following: abbaabba + cdcdcd. Every one of the rhymes are full, for instance: acclaim/fire/name/casing and land/stand/hand/direction.

There is frequently a ‘turn’ after eight lines, the last six lines being either a contort or advancement of the principle subject. In this way, from line 9 as far as possible, after eight early on lines, embodiment dominates - the statue wakes up and begins to talk.

“Keep, antiquated grounds, your celebrated pageantry!” cries she

Generally speaking, predictable rhyming wins (five burdens for every line inside ten syllables) which sets a relentless rhythm for the peruser, while enjambment happens at lines 3,4,5,6,7 and 9 permitting a stream into the accompanying punctuated line.

Giving a voice to the Mother of Exiles fortifies that those landing in America just because are by and by invited, each and everybody

Line by Line Analysis

Line 1 - the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, supposedly remained over the harbor entrance at the island of Rhodes, and was a statue of the Sun god Helios, an image of opportunity.

Line 2 - this statue is said to have been 100 foot high and straddled over the passageway.

Line 3 - rather than the first Colossus, the enhanced one stands at the entryways - note the symbolism here of waves washing the doors as nightfall washes in a brilliant light.

Line 4 - and the statue will be that of an extraordinary lady holding a guide of light.

Line 5 - such an incredible, characteristic vitality source - enough to illuminate the sky.

Line 6-8 - she will ensure and sustain, her enticing warmth will spread over the world and she will take care of all who show up. The air-connect is probably going to be Brooklyn Bridge, the two urban areas New York and Jersey.

Line 9-14 - she needs the old nations to be glad for their history however those urgent workers escaping strife and destitution she will take care of, give them a home and safe house; their fates will be guaranteed. Vomited reject is a term that mirrors the feeling of misuse of human life. Note the spelling of tost in whirlwind tost (happens in MacBeth, Act1, scene3) however it can likewise be spelled hurled - whirlwind hurled - hit by storms.

Further Analysis

Inward rhymes and other idyllic gadgets add to the surface and extravagance of this poem. For instance, note the similar sounding word usage and sound similarity in line 3:

…ocean washed,sunset doors will stand

furthermore, again in line 5:

Is the detained lightning,

furthermore, line 7:

Gleams overall welcome;

For the peruser and audience, this all assists with keeping up enthusiasm for sound and significance. There is a unique music made in lines 11 and 12:

Your crouched masses longing to inhale free,

The pitiful reject of your overflowing shore.

The iambics and the differentiating vowel sounds join and interweave to make a kind of wave-like movement, with echoes.

This is a piece of fire and water, basically rich, however the predominant topic is that of light, symbolized in the light and fire, which brings brilliant chances and the plausibility of another beginning throughout everyday life.

We need to recall that this lyric was written in 1883, when America was youthful, new and needing new life-blood from everywhere throughout the world. America opened her ways to the individuals who were evaded by their nations of origin, to the individuals who needed a superior life.

Since the etching of The New Colossus, America has assimilated a huge number of foreigners is as yet drawing in numerous who look for the fantasy. The message in this very much developed piece is certain and inviting, however what does the future hold for the Mother of Exiles?


Rhetorical devices help you make points more effectively, and help people understand you better. In this article, I’ll be covering some important rhetorical devices so you can improve your own writing!

Rhetoric is the art of effective communication; if you communicate with others at all, rhetorical devices are your friends! .

It’s the power of words, you can say of lips but can dominate e.g body , all personal you are listening to you One word can change to you.

You need to involve the educational research on your topic to find several solutions to the existing problem. It shouldn’t be too wordy or complicated. Proceed to this part after the moment you stated your thesis; having done it, you may move to the analysis of the topic. Use all possible strategies to support your idea in the best way possible.

At first gaze, these terms sound like a conjuration in a magic story.

Nevertheless, they are the major ingredients of persuasion created by Aristotle and know for centuries of the mankind history! Many years ago, Aristotle discussed these three terms in his well-known book Rhetoric. He considered them to be the primary persuasive strategies that authors should use in their papers.

This poem was written as a donation to an auction of art and literary works[3] conducted by the “Art Loan Fund Exhibition in Aid of the Bartholdi Pedestal Fund for the Statue of Liberty” to raise money for the pedestal’s construction

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In comparing Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colossus” and Dan Sanchez’s Mass-Producing Huddled masses, I found the piece by Dan Sanchez used the rhetorical strategy of Ethos, Pathos, Logos and Kairos more effectively.

Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colossus” is very effective at stirring up emotions for the poor, oppressed immigrants from Europe that were stuck in their socio-economic status by the class structure at that time. The rich tend to stay rich while the poor tend to stay poor. Her depiction of The Statue of Liberty with her beacon of light and her soft eyes and kind face as maternal and nurturing in contrast to famous statues of the past which were masculine, hard, conquering and intimidating is very a very effective Pathos. She continues to use Pathos in depicting the Statue of Liberty as welcoming, hopeful and open-armed and specifically in the line “cries she With silent lips, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

I found Dan Sanchez’s piece to be extremely emotional. It stirred up many emotions and sent me on a research trail to learn more about the claims he was making. It provoked anger and disgust with the United States for the chaos it has created around the world and in very stark contrast to the imagery in Emma Lazarus’ sonnet, it portrays the US as a tyrannical bully, creating destruction everywhere and picking on poor innocents with no compassion or conscience.

The fact that the poem “The New Colossus” is printed on a plaque on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and is very well known add a strong element of ethos. However, outside of this piece, and although Emma Lazarus was an accomplished poet, I am not aware that she is very well known for any other pieces and is not an expert on the particular subject matter.

In the writing “Mass-Producing Huddled Masses” the author provides several historical facts and statistics which provides ethos. I was inspired to go and research the claims Dan Sanchez is making and to learn more about the wars he is referring to and the resulting refugee crisis’ that ensued. His claims are credible and based on true events.

In his piece, Dan Sanchez begins by talking about Emma Lazaruz’s sonnet but goes on to state “Unfortunately this ideal has never been much more than a distant aspiration. From its earliest days, the American Colossus never hesitated to tread upon the Blacks and Indians it found underfoot.” It is widely known to be true that we came to this country and simply took the land from the American Indian and that this country was built, to a large extent, by slave labor.

“Mass-Producing Huddled Masses” has a strong appeal to Logos in that it cites many examples to back up the author’s viewpoint such as stating that after the Iraqi war “Many of these displaced persons sought refuge in Syria. At its 2007 peak, Syria had received 1.5 million Iraqi refugees, on top of the 540,000 Palestinian refugees it already hosted.” and after the Syrian uprising, which was largely aided by US weapons “Now over 11 million Syrians (more than half its total pre-war population) have been displaced.

“The New Colossus” is primarily a description of the features of the Statue of Liberty and what the author believes she stands for. There aren’t any specific facts or statistics involved. The Logos comes primarily from the contrasting imagery between the Statue of Liberty and the Colossus of Rhodes.

Both were very relevant at the time they were written and are very relevant today and have a kairos appeal.

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