Do you agree with Aristotle’s statement that of the 3 proofs, ethos is the most important?

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Do you agree with Aristotle’s statement that of the 3 proofs, ethos is the most important?  Why? Give specific reasons/examples from your own life or that you have seen in other speakers and how they use any of the 3 proofs.

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Ethos, Logos, and Pathos have a stake due to convincing the audience to follow, and I quite personally see that there is none important than others. However, I have one example from my life supporting that Pathos seems stronger than others. Back in 2010, there were terrorist attacks in my Southern part of my home country, and I had never ever thought for a second to serve in the army because I did not like it!   Coincidentally, I went to an army recruitment fair with my best friends in my city because two of my best friends want to be part of the ranger. After my friends submitted all documents, I heard a sergeant was speaking on the stage about why we need you? what you would become after recruitment? and why our country needs you? On top of this, the speaking sergeant was strongly shouting out one simple sentence “A man’s best uniform is Ranger”. In the end, I signed up to serve in the military for 18 months because of the speaking sergeant. In my analysis, the speaking sergeant’s voice, emotion, and gesture literally hook me, and I was absolutely convinced by his Pathos.

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What does it mean to say you should use language appropriately in your speech? What are some interesting examples of inappropriate language you have seen in speeches? How does the context of your speech matter in terms of appropriateness? What about your audience?

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Using language appropriately in your speech means using language appropriate to the occasion, audience, topic, and speaker. It is very important to use language that fits your audience and matches your purpose. You must be so careful because inappropriate language use can damage your credibility, undermine your argument, or alienate your audience.  I think the context of my speech matter should match with my audience, what style that my audience expects is the key to successfully deliver the speech.  Only using Jargon in the groups of like-minded individuals. Avoid using slang or idiomatic expressions in general academic speech. And of course, do not be biased and prejudiced. 

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Describe your experiences with special occasion speeches.  Have you given any of them already? Have you seen any really good or bad examples of special occasion speeches? What do you know now (after reading the text) that you wish you had known then? What specific course concepts seem to really matter in making one of these speeches excellent?

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I was a study advisor in the language education institution In Shanghai, China. My third-round interview was to give special occasion speeches. More specifically, it was to give a speech to students who randomly be invited being audiences. These students within different language levels (English) chose a topic from the topic pool, and I based on the topic to offer three to four minutes of impromptu speech. Instead of an impromptu speech, I more consider that is a special occasion speech because the goal of the speech is ultimate to stir my audience’s emotions and encourage them to study hard in the language education institution. Also, my audiences specifically are students who study in that institution. Even though I could not receive the topic before I had the interview, but I still prepared for it. I had my general greeting story and end up quotation with myself in my pockets. There is one who cannot think through the speech before they stand up and speak out.

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